Neighbors upset about illegal dumping in Lexington

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LEXINGTON, N.C. — Robert Hedrick has lived in his south Lexington community for over 50 years. He likes the peaceful surroundings and the tall trees that are around his home. But lately, someone has been using the rural location as a dumping ground.

“It’s kind of like they are invading your privacy,” Hedrick said.

Someone is dumping large logs and piles of broken tree limbs along the side of Richard Road. Since the yard waste is in the public right of way, Lexington City Council can use Neighborhood Revitalization Funds to get rid of it. But a bigger job could be ahead. As Johnny Story rides down Richard Road, he points out the bags filled with clothes, shoes and toys that are scattered across the woods that are off of Richard Road.

“You don’t understand why people do it but they do,” Story said.

When it comes to trash on private property, Lexington’s Business Community Development Department contacts the landowner and so they can remove the garbage. City staffers say Richard Road is the only known illegal trash dump. If you know of another dump site in Lexington, call the Business Community Development Department at (336) 243-7766.

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