Neighbors in Oklahoma City complain about excessive bulk trash

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- It’s a common sight to see trash piled up on the curbs of neighborhoods once a month for big trash pick up day.

But residents in one metro neighborhood say one homeowner is taking it too far, with not piles, but mountains of trash.

It’s piled up from curb to curb in front of the house at 1216 N.W. 43rd St. And some residents say that front yard has looked like that before.

“That’s a little bit too  much for this historic neighborhood,” said Jose Ramirez.

The main problem with the trash is that it didn’t come from a resident of the home, but the landlord.

City public works officials say if you don’t live in the home, you can’t put bulk trash there.

“Bulk waste must be generated by the occupant of the residence,” said Debbie Ragan, Public Information & Marketing Manager for the City of Oklahoma City Utilities Department.

So even if you own the property, it’s against city code to dump the trash if you don’t actually live there.

The homeowner owns a number of other properties.

But city officials say they’re familiar with this address on N.W. 43rd.

“We have responded to previous complaints and will continue to do so,” said Ragan.

“I applaud our neighbors getting rid of bulky trash and trying to keep the area cleaned up, but again, that’s a little excessive.  I’m not sure if the city will pick that up in a timely manner,” said neighbor, Phillip Cunningham.

The city did come through to pick up all the trash Thursday morning.

But they measured the pile first because the homeowner will be billed for anything over four cubic yards, about the size of two refrigerators.

And the homeowner could also be facing a city fine for the illegal dumping of the trash.

We checked with the city clerk’s office. They told us they have a number of complaints against this homeowner for illegally dumping trash.

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