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Illegal dumpers using shuttered Burbank School in Detroit to leave mess

App lets Detroit residents report messes

Concerns grow over illegal dumping as warmer weather hits
Concerns grow over illegal dumping as warmer weather hits

DETROIT – An abandoned Detroit school on the city’s east side has become a dumping ground.

Illegal dumpers have been using the permanently closed Burbank School to leave unwanted items.

The problem has been going on for years and illegal dumping tends to increase as the weather warms up. Over the weekend someone left an old boat in the school parking lot.

Michael Wimbush lives in the area and reached out to Local 4′s Help Me Hank.

“I’m worried because my grandkids can’t play here,” Wimbush said.

Wimbush reached out to the Help Me Hank team because he was upset by the mess he could see out his front door.

“It’s awful what they’ve done here. I lived here for 28 years and it’s worse than ever before,” Wimbush said.

How can you report a mess? The best way is to use the Improve Detroit app. The city responds within 48 hours and will work to clean up messes.

Illegal dumping is a crime and investigators are issuing tickets and fines to people responsible.

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About the Authors:

Hank Winchester is Local 4's Consumer Investigative Reporter and the head of WDIV's "Help Me Hank" Consumer Unit. He works to solve consumer complaints, reveal important recalls and track down thieves who have ripped off metro Detroiters.

Kayla is a Web Producer for ClickOnDetroit. Before she joined the team in 2018 she worked at WILX in Lansing as a digital producer.