KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Residents in east Kansas City's Marlborough neighborhood gathered to help clean up their community on Saturday as they tried to fight back against illegal dumping.
Residents cleaned up around 200 discarded tires alone in the neighborhood, along with all sorts of garbage including car seats, old computers, printers, syringes and lots of empty bottles.
"Just take a look you can see it here, rather than putting it in a trash can or a dumpster they elect to come here to the site and dump it instead," said John Pruss of Burns & McDonell.
Organizers of Saturday's cleanup say that they want litterbugs to know that dumping isn't just bad for the environment, it's bad for everyone.
"There's a lot of pollution that ultimately washes down through the streams and into the rivers," said longtime resident Brenda Thomas. "It effects the water quality and it also affects the community because it encourages people to care less and we want them to care more."