By Sylvia Gonzalez
ODESSA - A new year has brought with it lots of unwanted trash to the City of Odessa.
Much of it has to do with people getting new appliances, computers or other big-box items for Christmas and sometimes that can lead to illegal dumping.
Sarah Matai, Executive Director of Keep Odessa Beautiful, says there's no excuse, whether it's post holiday trash or not, it's important to always maintain the cleanliness of the city. She says the influx of population has made the task of keeping Odessa clean much harder.
"It is very important to keep the city clean. Right now with the oil boom, we have people from all over coming to Odessa to find work and we want to maintain a nice presence for those people, not just those people who live here but the people who are from out of town," Matai said.
According to the City of Odessa, the problem isn't only the boxes but also large objects.
"We are working with the community development, they are helping us with those issues. Keep Odessa Beautiful is actually looking into doing some clean sweeps, notifying them (residents) on certain days when we can come and pick those big items up instead of just people dropping items there and hoping that somebody picks them up," Matai said.
Code Enforcement Officer, Darlene Mays, says they are constantly patrolling areas where they have seen the most illegal dumping. If you're caught, prepare to face some consequences.
"We first issue a warning like a notice of violation to let them know that they are in violation of a city ordinance, we give them a certain amount of time to get it cleaned up. If it's not cleaned up at that time, then yes, we can issue a citation, we can take it to the judge," Mays said.