Metro delays pickup of wayward waste, but Gresham employees picked up bags on Tuesday afternoon

COURTESY PHOTO  - Some Gresham residents woke up Monday morning to find ripped and bulging trash bags thrown out all over their neighborhood. Neighbors on Northwest Mawcrest Drive and surrounding streets woke up Monday morning to find more than a dozen bulging black trash bags dumped along the middle of the road.

Several residents contacted the city of Gresham on Monday, April 1, to get help removing the refuse, but nothing happened to remedy the situation until Tuesday afternoon.

By that time, the residents were becoming frustrated by the lack of action.

"They got the runaround from the city of Gresham," said one resident, who asked not be named.

Growing annoyed with the lack of intervention, some homeowners picked up the bags and put them in their own garbage containers. Others were wary of handling the overflowing bags because of concerns they contained potentially toxic materials.

One homeowner said the ripped black plastic bags looked like they contained construction debris and nails were spilling from them into the road.

"Someone is going out today," Elizabeth Coffey, the city's public information officer, said Tuesday afternoon.

Coffey explained that the city had turned the problem over to Metro's RID (Regional Illegal Dumping Patrol) program, which tackles the problem of illegal dumping on public property.

"They have the ability to examine who dumped the materials and hold them accountable," Coffey said.

RID workers told the city they couldn't get to the wayward waste until Friday. Friday was too long for residents to wait, Coffey said, so the city sent employees from its Livability Department to gather the trash and dispose of it. They picked up the bags a little after 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

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