People turn Albuquerque Westside neighborhood into dumping ground

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – People have turned a Westside neighborhood into a dumping ground leaving behind things like mattresses, carpet and car seats.

“It’s very disheartening,” said Isabel Garcia.

Garcia said when she looks outside her Westside home she sees a big mess. “Trash, a lot of trash,” she said.

Everything from old furniture, tires and even seats pulled form cars litter the private property near 114th and Central.

“People’s garbage. You see all types of things up there,” said Garcia.

Neighbors said they also see all types of people putting it there.

“In the middle of the night there are trucks coming in, cars coming in dumping couches,” said Damian Torrez.

KRQE News 13 caught one man at the site this week. When asked what he was doing there, he said he was trying to fill in a hole with some extra dirt he found.

On Thursday, KRQE News 13 took pictures of the property covered in debris to officials with Bernalillo County.

The county said illegal dumping is an issue they deal with all the time. They said they cite people on a daily basis for throwing out trash where it doesn’t belong.

The county said in the case on the Westside, neighbors better get used to looking at the mess. That’s because it’s the responsibility of the property owners, who live in California, to clean it up.

“This is a very vast tract of land. This is you know more than 100 acres it looks like, so it gets a little more challenging,” said Bernalillo County Community Development Manager Enrico Gradi.

Neighbors don’t see it that way though because there’s a city dumping station less than a mile away.

“That’s my big deal,” said Garcia. “With $5 you can go and unload your trash and take care of that and why do they have to come and unload over here?”

Neighbors said people have been illegal dumping in the area for about 10 years. They said recently the situation has gotten much worse.

The county said it has cited the property owner several times since 2008. It says the owner could be fined again if he or she doesn’t get the mess cleaned up even though they didn’t make it.

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