Vacant and abandoned houses in South Bend target for illegal dumping

Vacant and abandoned homes continue to be an eyesore in the City of South Bend and also grounds for illegal dumping.

One homeowner on the north side of South Bend, Jeff Ampey, says he's constantly cleaning the three vacant homes behind his houses.

They are all empty, and late at night people will drive up and dump loads of trash in the alley.

“Who in their right mind? I've had to run people out of here in the middle of the night. I come out to my garage and they're throwing trash in here,” says Ampey.

There are usually large, busted TVs gutted for scrapping.

It's frustrating for folks working to keep their neighborhoods clean.

Especially considering most of the items can be disposed of properly for free in Mishawaka at the Solid Waste Management Site for St. Joseph County.

Electronics are accepted for free in St.Joseph County and tires are accepted for a small free.

Randy Przybysz, director of Solid Waste Management District of St. Joseph County, explains, “Computers, anything that can make a computer work… printers, televisions, even had a disco ball. Anything electronic we'll take..free.”

Also, next weekend IUSB will be hosting their annual e-waste recycling fest.

It's on Friday and Saturday.


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