Neighbors Frustrated As Street On Wilkinsburg, Homewood Border Becomes Dumping Ground

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Neighbors living near the border of Wilkinsburg and Homewood say they are tired of people using a street there as a dumping ground.

It’s happening on Karl Street, located on the border between the city’s Homewood neighborhood and Wilkinsburg.

People living nearby say the street is lined up and down with garbage, and more litter and debris are piled up on a daily basis.

“This is an everyday thing, you ride up the street, there’s garbage on the left hand side, you come back about an hour later, there’s garbage on the right hand side, it’s a continuous dump spot” one neighbor said.

(Photo Credit: Bob Allen/KDKA)

(Photo Credit: Bob Allen/KDKA)

They are concerned because they say kids use the street to walk to school, but the piles of trash are attracting unwanted wildlife to the area like rats, raccoons and coyotes.

“They’re in harm’s way every day,” the neighbor said.

Pittsburgh’s City Operations Chief Guy Costa says they plan to clean up the mess soon.

“We will clean it up, based on the weather forecast for next week, we won’t be dealing with snow and ice conditions so we will send a crew up there,” Costa said.

Costa is urging anyone who sees dumping going on to take photos or get a license plate and report it to the city.

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