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Community gathers to clean up Kansas City neighborhood

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Posted at 5:06 PM, Jun 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-29 23:05:29-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — People who live in Kansas City, Missouri's Marlborough East know they have a trash problem.

"Every time we clean up, three days later somebody has dumped again," Mike McCormick, Vice President of the Marlborough East Neighborhood Association said.

So, they took action Saturday morning.

The neighborhood association along with the city put together a day of cleaning up the streets.

"Illegal dumping, stuff out in front of their yards, they can bring it down. Just clean up the 5th District," President of the Marlborough East Neighborhood Association, Steve Walker said.

Many people who live in the area said there is one main reason for all the trash.

"The problem is we have no open dumps we can go to. Back in the early 70's, when we had the dump down here, we never had a problem. They were able to go in, charge 10 dollars, and they were able to dump it there," Walker said.

Anyone who lives in the suburb could go to four locations around them on Saturday to drop almost anything off for free. Everything from branches to couches, and even treadmills were dropped off.

Armond McDonald has had problems with illegal dumping on his land.

"It's frustrating because you don't know who is doing it. We have called a few people and had them pick up what they dumped. But, a lot of times, you don't catch people," McDonald said.

He had a message for the people who continue to dump illegally.

"Just keep it clean. Just keep it clean. There are just too many places that are free to be able to dump versus going somewhere and dumping it on someone else's property," Walker said.