Detroit residents frustrated with illegal dumpers and the mess they leave behind

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The trash problem has been growing during the COVID pandemic and many people have had enough with illegal dumping and the potential dangers from it.
The trash problem has been growing during the COVID pandemic and many people have had enough with illegal dumping and the potential dangers from it.

DETROIT – The trash problem has been growing during the COVID pandemic and many people have had enough with illegal dumping and the potential dangers from it.

Local 4′s Hank Winchester is working to expose the issue and to get neighborhoods cleaned up.



Macell Myers and Vanessa Simpson-Olive both live in Detroit. They are frustrated with illegal dumpers who leave trash in their neighborhood.

“I want individuals in my community to just become more caring about where they live,” Myers said.

The mounds of trash are hard to miss and include couches, junk, and other items that line the streets. It’s disappointing for the people who life nearby.

“It’s very frustrating, but again, what am I gonna do? Am I gonna be part of the problem or the solution? And, so, I want to be part of the solution,” Myers said.

Local 4 was there when a city crew inspected the area and documented what had been dumped.

“This is a lot of trash and it needs to be picked up,” Simpson-Olive said.

Read: Hank Winchester joins Detroit police as they track down illegal dumpers


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.