Cleanup of illegal dumping costing Jacksonville more than $1M

by: Catherine Varnum Updated:

Action News found out it's costing more than $1 million to clean up illegal dumping in the city. It's not hard to find trash dumped all over Jacksonville. We found old tires, furniture, even a mattress.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. —

Action News found out it's costing more than $1 million to clean up illegal dumping in the city. 

It's not hard to find trash dumped all over Jacksonville. We found old tires, furniture, even a mattress.

But in the last few months, we've seen an all hands on deck effort to clean the mess up. Sharde McCord said she has seen the difference in her neighborhood.  

"They're doing their jobs and picking up the trash," said McCord.

From the tire and sign buy back in April, to city crews that pick up trash, it's all cleaning up Jacksonville. But all this clean up of illegal dumping is costing taxpayers big. Action News found out the price tag is more than $1.2 million so far this year.

Councilman Clay Yarborough said it's more than double the annual budgeted amount.

"If the city doesn't do it, neighbors won't go out and it'll sit there and be a hazard," said Yarborough.

While some argue it's helping the city, others say people should clean up after themselves. Councilman Yarborough said it's just one of the big ticket items they'll be debating in the new budget.

"It's definitely a worthy expense. How much (we want to spend) is what we have to work through," said Yarborough. 

Yarborough said the city hopes to do another tire and sign buy back soon. It cost the city around $135,000 to do one.