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Residents fed up with people trashing their north Saint Louis neighborhoods

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An alley in Ward 28 in St. Louis City looks like a disaster area because of illegal dumping. Credit: KMOV An alley in Ward 28 in St. Louis City looks like a disaster area because of illegal dumping. Credit: KMOV

NORTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- An alley way in Ward 28 looks more like the aftermath of a natural disaster, but the cause is from people illegally dumping trash. 

"It makes you feel mentally, like the neighborhood is trashy," said El Toreon Hawkins, north St. Louis resident. 

Hawkins says he has lived in north St. Louis all of his life. He says the problem has reached new levels and is done by many people who don't even live in Ward 28 that encompasses Baden, North Point, Walnut Park East and West.

"Sometimes it gets tired and it whoops on you. I just can't look at it. I've got to get it done get out here and pick it up," said Hawkins. 

Not only is it unsightly to look at, the trash is breeding ground for bugs and rodents.

Alderman Chris Carter is leading the cleanup effort. 

"We are working with the police to add more alley cameras in our worst hit alleys where this trash is and where people continually dump," said Carter. 

Carter is also organizing weekly cleanup events. For anyone thinking of illegally dumping, not just here, but in other parts of our city, Hawkins has this message. 

"The neighborhood should like how you want your house to to look. If you don't throw trash on the living room floor, you shouldn't throw trash in the neighborhood you live in," said Hawkins. 

City officials say if you witness someone illegally dumping, call 911. Otherwise, call the Citizen's Service Bureau. 

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