Friday, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba along with Ward 7 Councilman Aaron Banks and Solid Waste Manager, Lakesha Weathers urged residents to not illegally dump trash at the old Casa Grande Apartments after this site was found overrun with debris just one day following the City’s cleanup efforts.
“I want to issue a challenge. The last time we cleaned up this site, people took it upon themselves to dump in this site the very next day. So we’re calling on the community to patrol this. We’re calling on our police department to patrol this and to work hand in hand to make certain that dumping doesn’t take place in our community,” said Mayor Lumumba during the press conference.
Councilman Aaron Banks said that he is excited to see change happening in this area. “Now it is good to see that this complex and what it used to be, getting cleaned up to get rid of this eyesore,” said Councilman Banks.
“I want to thank the public for bringing this to our attention and being vigilant in their actions about this property. I also want to thank the Community Improvement Department along with Planning for assisting us with this property,” said Weathers.
If caught, citizens will be fined up to $25,000.00 for illegally dumping trash, garbage, and waste in the City of Jackson. This policy is being aggressively enforced.
In an effort to continue combatting illegal dumping, the Solid Waste Division is encouraging residents to “Curb It, Don’t Dump It.” This means if it’s bulky items such as mattresses and household furniture, residents can curb it outside of their home and Solid Waste will pick it up on their 2nd collection day. For example, if your collection days are Tuesdays and Fridays, your 2nd collection day is Friday.
Our goal is to prevent illegal dumping and litter in the City of Jackson by informing residents on what can be placed curbside and how to properly do so.
For more information, please contact the Solid Waste Division at 601-960-1193.