GETTING RESULTS: Illegal dumpsite cleaned up in Charlotte neighborhood

- For months FOX 46 Charlotte has been following a neighborhood in north Charlotte plagued by a giant pothole and trash illegally being dumped.

Neighbors said the trash and other problems continue to pile up because they live outside city limits. FOX 46 took action and now neighbors are getting results they hoped for, county leaders are monitoring the illegal dumpsite in the area.

"You're hard working and you go to work everyday, you pay your taxes and you don't want your area or your neighborhood to be treated like trash," Lynette Cox, said, who lives next door to the illegal dumpsite.

Last month, FOX 46 Charlotte showed folks the illegal dumpsite, which was full of furniture and other waste.

Since the story first aired, the county has taken action by removing two dumpsters full of trash.

"I was like oh my goodness the news crew is helping," Cox said. 

As it turns out, Mecklenburg County officials have been monitoring the site from their office for years. So much trash was dumped in the past it could be seen from Google Earth. The recent clean-up cost thousands of dollars in taxpayer money.

"We actually had to contract with a vendor to clean it up and the vendor is treating this as hazardous waste," Mark Boone said. 

With the area clean once again the county is taking preventative action. Hidden cameras now posted in the hopes capturing people illegally dumping trash. Also, new road signs warn you could face jail time.

"The people that live in this neighborhood they don't want this and they don't deserve this," Boone said. 

Officials said a nearby creek has been contaminated by runoff from the trash site. Even with measures in place, Lynette Cox says she plans to stay vigilant.

"I am hopeful that they will continue and it will eventually stop so I am hopeful," said Cox.

FOX 46 Charlotte was told that some people have been captured on camera throwing away trash near the creek. That evidence has been turned over to state authorities as part of an investigation.

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