Odessa Dumpsters Are Overflowing, Illegal Dumping To Blame 4/8/13
CBS 7 News
April 8, 2013
ODESSA-Dumpsters are filling up across the Permian Basin, especially in Odessa. The city says illegal dumping is to blame. But it's likely not any of your neighbors.
"People are filling up their own dumpster and moving it along and putting theirs in the next one or even traveling to other neighborhoods to dump their trash," said City of Odessa Spokesperson Andrea Goodson.
Neighbors are anything but happy about it.
"The dumpsters are just full all the time," said Mark Johnson of Odessa. “You can see the trash all along the alleyways where people are dumping everywhere.”
The city's big cleanup was this past weekend, but you can already see the trash is piling up in neighborhood dumpsters across Odessa.
The city says the problem is more than just illegal dumping -- they are short of dump truck drivers.
"We have the equipment, but we need the people to run it," said Goodson. “You need a CDL license to drive, and of course it is very difficult to find those workers in this job market.”
They are working to solve the problem by hiring more drivers.
You can also contact solid waste directly to report overflowing dumpsters at 432-368-3509. You can also find more information about how to dispose of large items like mattresses and furniture, which are generally not allowed to be left out on the curb.