Gulfport works to tackle illegal dumping problem

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - If you live in Gulfport, you know that the city is tackling illegal dumping by giving residents a more convenient way to get rid of items they don't want. Keep Gulfport Clean and Green is a city wide anti-litter campaign and part of the strategy to create a cleaner city by temporarily placing dumpsters in residential neighborhoods.

Gulfport crews placed a dumpster at the entrance of the Pine Hills subdivision on Dedeaux Road on Friday, and immediately people started taking advantage of the opportunity. Residents said normally to properly dispose of items they no longer want, they have to drive to a dumpsite on Menge Avenue.

"You'll find that people don't want to drive all the way to Menge Avenue, and you'll find people will find a vacant lot or somewhere there is not a lot of traffic and they'll pull over and they'll dump the stuff aside the road," Gulfport resident Anthony Thompson said.

Residents said they'd rather see trash end up in the city's dumpsters than see vacant lots turned into roadside dumpsites. They said that's not only unsightly, it's also unsafe.

"Children could easily get hurt by riding their bikes and falling on the junk," said Gulfport resident Glenn Boykin."It can also bring insects, mosquitoes, things like that."

The city has been placing dumpsters in each of the seven wards for about a week.

"I think it's a great thing and I think they need to do more of it. I think if they put them out here more often, I think they'll have cleaner communities and people won't do so much dumping on the side of the road," Thompson said.

While there are some restrictions on what can be put in the dumpsters, people said when it comes to stopping litter every little bit helps.

People are not allowed to put tires, batteries, electronics, hazardous waste or household trash into the dumpsters. Also, officials say the dumpsters are not to be used by contractors.

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