Piles of Trash Litters Conception Street Road

Piles of Trash Litters Conception Street Road

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With a garbage can in tow, and his three best friends tagging along, Demetrius Jones makes his rounds up and down Conception Street Road, salvaging any scrap metal he can.

"I walk along this road everything day. I make anywhere between 10 to 15 dollars a day. Yeah, this is how I survive. Every week you find something new," said Jones, who is homeless.

From a car bumper, to a toilet seat, even a boat, practically everything is being dumped along the road and one viewer says the city isn't doing enough to clean it up. Because he works in the area, he didn't want his identity revealed.

Last month he made a phone call to the city's 311 hotline to report the trash and says he's still waiting to see results.

"It's pitiful looking and like a wasteland. It shouldn't be a recurring problem and should be addressed and taken care of," he said.

"He actually did the right thing," said Mobile Public Affairs Director Barbara Drummond.

Drummond says dialing 311 is the quickest way to alert the city of any service problem in your area.

"They are issued a service request order that we can track. We can see which department was assigned to it and which one actually responded," said Drummond.

Records show he placed his call on June 10th. Drummond says the city is aware and is working on it.

"The problem is so big and they knew. So they have to get the large trucks and remove those items. That particular location, the city has cleaned up numerous occasions and we are going to put some more eagle eyes over there - enforcement, to see if we can actually catch the perpetrator," she says.

Today we spotted a city worker taking photos of the trash. It's an area that has been an issue for years - making money for some, while being a nuisance for others.

The city says the litter on Conception Street Road will be cleaned up in 3 to 5 days.  It also says litter in the area falls on not only city, but state and private property - some of which they have no authority to clean up.

To find out more about Mobile's 311 help-line, click here.

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