YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – City leaders say trash dumpers can face felony charges, after WKBN discovered a growing problem in some Youngstown areas.
Last week, a viewer sent WKBN 27 First News an image of trash strewn across Vittoria Avenue in Youngstown.
On Monday, another viewer sent a photo of tires sitting in piles along Hawn Street between Truesdale Road and Ayers Street — near Lincoln Park and the Mahoning River.
It’s a problem in other parts of the city, too. Remote areas are being used as a dumping ground for everything from kitchen waste to home remodeling debris.
While the director of Green Youngstown said those caught dumping household demolition waste will likely be given a misdemeanor littering citation, Youngstown Litter Control Coordinator Jennifer Jones said tire dumping is a more serious problem.
“Tires, on the other hand, can be prosecuted as a felony,” she said. “We haven’t really done this in this area yet. It’s something that we have been looking at to see if it’s something we want to move up, because it would go to the county courthouse, and we have to get the county courts involved.”
Jones said her staff believes tires are being dumped by local dealers who don’t want to pay to dispose of them properly. Earlier this year, street department crews hauled about 300 tires away from the same spot.
Jones said weeks after the area was cleaned up, hundreds more were dumped illegally.