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Moving Day Trashes San Marcos Neighborhood

Updated: Monday, August 11 2014, 06:46 PM CDT

Once a year some San Marcos streets become a dump site as leases run out and tenants would rather toss it than move it.  Robert Carson was hired by a crew with a contract to clean up the mess.  He says, "They throw away clothes, shoes, dressers, food, everything. It's all out here."

Some items still have life in them.  Some, not so much.  Carson adds, "A lot of times they'll tear up their stuff so no one else can use it."

And the City of San Marcos says there's no reason for this.  Amy Kirwin, with Keep San Marcos Beautiful says, "We have bulk pick-up the first full week and the third week of the month and it's done on your service day. That means people have the option of having bulk pickup 24 times a year."

Another reason not to throw your stuff out in the street is the law against illegal dumping.  It comes with weighty penalties.  Kenneth Bell, City Marshal for San Marcos explains, "The penalties are based on weight.  You get up above a few pounds and you could get incarcerated for such a thing."

The city marshal expects to cite 90 to 100 people for illegal dumping in the month of august alone.  the contractors plan to clean up this week's mess by Monday.

By Fred Cantu

Moving Day Trashes San Marcos Neighborhood


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