Lubbock, TX - While Lubbock is known as the friendliest city in America, some of its alley ways may bring a different name to mind. Plus, if it's not cleaned up, you could face a potentially hefty fine.
If you walk out in your alley you know the city has dumpsters periodically placed through your neighborhood.
Even with those dumpsters you've likely seen places where big items are put on the side instead of in the dumpster.
"Illegal dumping is a very big problem my department deals with. It's all over town," said Lubbock City Code Enforcement Manager, Stuart Walker.
While residents are supposed to take it to the dump, you can find everything from decaying couches and old tires to broken beds and smashed televisions in several alleys around town.
"People will dump anything. We've had to abate barrels of used motor oil, anti-freeze, tires, roofing shingles, things like that,” said Walker.
But, what you may not know is you could be held responsible to get rid of those items if it's on the section of the alley your responsible for, or face a fine.
Lubbock resident, Carlos Rocha, has a mattress that was illegally dumped behind his home.
“I've seen that back there and was wondering why the city didn't come to pick it up but I didn't know what to do about that,” said Rocha.
The city actually doesn't have a the equipment to dispose of large items like abandoned couches our beds.
Then if they do pick it up, it won't be cheap.
"That property owner, if I have to do it, could be charged anywhere from $25 to a couple hundred dollars, plus a $150 dollar administration fee,” said Walker.
Even if you're like Rocha and you're not the one who put it on your part of the alley.
While it may seem harsh, city officials said they aren't trying to be mean, they're just keeping the bigger picture in mind.
"We're fixing to get into spring and we don't want the skunks with rabies and snakes and roaches, mice things like that being close to our neighborhoods," said Walker. "Plus, they're just unsightly and unsafe."
But the good news is if someone illegally dumps trash behind your home you can call the city code department and they will do what they can to help.
The city of Lubbock also has four big item disposal locations you can dump large trash for free.
Walker said just bring along your LP&L bill to prove that you are a Lubbock resident.
Southside: 1631 84th Street South Milwaukee: 7308 Milwaukee
Northside: 208 Municipal Drive North Quaker: 4307 Adrian Street
You can find out restrictions on what can be thrown away at those locations here.
If you have a problem you need help resolving you can also email that to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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