Problem with illegal dumping in West Tampa

Posted at 6:20 PM, Jun 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-01 18:28:39-04

Illegal dumping in one West Tampa neighborhood is getting worse, according to the people who live there.

Residents in the MacFarlane Park neighborhood report trash and construction materials being off-loaded in alleyways and on property the violators don't own.

"People are no responsible. They don't care about other people. Let's just go dump it," said Cecilia White, who lives on West Union Street in Tampa.

Recently on Facebook, the MacFarlane Park Association posted a warning, telling contractor and do-it-yourself residents that "our vacant lots and alleyways are not your dumping grounds."

They're working with code enforcement and the Tampa Police Department to hold violators accountable.

Today, ABC Action News went through the neighborhood but didn't find any junk piles too out of the ordinary.

Code enforcement said it has no record of an uptick of cases or complaints.

But residents say it's still happening.

"I've seen people take trucks and pick up trash and just dump it somewhere else, and you don't want the neighborhood to get that rap," said Juan Suarez, who lives with his father and brother in west Tampa.

Illegal dumping can range from a misdemeanor to a felony if it's serious enough. If you find people dumping trash or materials in your neighborhood, the simple solution is to take a picture and call police or code enforcement.