Officials tackle illegal landfills in east Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – The Southern Nevada Health District is working to clean up a dump near a neighborhood in eastern Las Vegas.
As you walk down Lake Mead Boulevard towards the lake, there are piles of garbage on both sides of the road. Drivers can spot empty cans, appliances, furniture, and even boats in the middle of the desert.
“I just want to get away from the garbage there, having the garbage here isn’t something I want to see,” said Jeff Cornelius, who lives right next to the landfill.
“People have really made themselves comfortable and think of this place as an alternative to the landfill,” Cornelius said.
After learning of the problem, officials at the Southern Nevada Health District responded by saying that they are constantly issuing tickets and cleaning up the mess, but somehow the trash keeps coming in.
“There are a lot of places that people are going to tear down by the side of the road and throw away, mainly because it’s easy,” said Andy Chaney, environmental health supervisor for the Southern Nevada Health District.
Chaney said complaints of illegal dumping are still on the rise, however, finding those responsible is another challenge because the spill is so difficult to trace.
“If we see someone throwing, the photographs are always the best, but we can also trust the testimonials and the license plates,” Chaney said.
Chaney said an expensive ticket is the last resort. Residents can let the county know that they need help with their waste, and various services are available to help them clean it up.
“If people didn’t just throw their bottles away and smash them all over the place, that would help. The smallest things might help, ”Cornelius said.