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Trash problem near multi-generational center getting worse, residents say

Emily Jaceks
August 17, 2017 05:32 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The transformation was quick. It took only months for the park near the Manzano Mesa Multi-Generational Center in southeast Albuquerque to turn into what it looks like today -- littered with trash.

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Neighbors say it all started when the city brought in dumpsters. Since then, the trash has been piling up. Much of it doesn't always make it in the trash.

At times, neighbors say it's downright disgusting.

"We've even had, like I said, a golf cart thrown out there," said Josephine Martinez, who lives in the area. "TVs, mattresses … you name it."

Neighbors say they've had enough and have formed their own group to clean the park up. But the problem isn't going away.

"Who in their right mind would put a glass receptacle next to a park where children are playing?" Martinez said. "And who in their right mind would put a glass receptacle there? It's so dangerous."

It's not just the mess. Another neighbor, Eva Scherberg, said it's causing noise from people dropping off boxes of glass at all times of the night, to the pickup and replacement of the recycle bins.

"The city, we've tried to work with them on the times they pick up," she said. "My last letter from them was they can pick up at 7 o'clock any time. That means holidays, weekend, any day of the week. They can pick up at 7 am.

Both Martinez and Scherberg said they've spoken to the city about the dangerous and disgusting problem. They say the city is refusing to move the bins.

"We've even made suggestions of where they can move these, and I get negative feedback and that they're staying here," Scherberg said.

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