CALGARY – The northeastern Calgary community of Cornerstone is still under development as a wide variety of modern new homes continue to be built, but one street is quickly becoming a thorn in the side of neighbors.
The section of 68 Street NE north of 96 Avenue NE is littered with garbage bags, furniture, and everything in between.
Local residents like Rebecka Huestis only moved to the area six months ago and are calling on the city to take action after a large number of people illegally dumped their rubbish.
“It looks bad for the church; We were very excited to move to this area and we want it to be a little cleaner if possible, ”she said.
“We hope the city will at least help clean it up, put up more signs, maybe manage it a little better, or hopefully give our neighborhood an easier way to get rid of this rubbish.”
It’s not all junk, however.
CTV News cameras captured a full living room set, mattresses, tire sets, pots, pans, and lots of kitchen utensils, as well as children’s toys, to name a few items left behind.
The section of 68 Street that leads into the neighborhood is fairly narrow, but has two-way traffic in and out of the area.
However, in some cases, neighbors like Gayadhri Anandhaneni have reported strong winds blowing rubbish onto the street and into oncoming traffic.
“It’s a very scary place,” she said. “It almost feels like getting out of the way and it could certainly cause an accident.”
Anandhaneni moved to the area eight months ago and says people are illegally dumping trash late at night, despite clear signage along the road forbidding it.
“As more people moved into this community, it started and the last two or three months have been insane.”
Other local residents like Chris Endrinal say trash was reportedly left on the streets four years ago.
“I think we should all do some of this, and when they need to get rid of all they need to get rid of, either call the right people to do it for them,” he said.
CTV News reached out to the city of Calgary on Saturday, but the Community Standards department declined to comment in full until further information was received from the illegal landfill.
However, it does say it is aware of the problem and will do another investigation next week if it can provide more information.
No charges were made for illegal dumping on 68 Street, but fines for trash and trash in Calgary can range from $ 125 to $ 1,000, depending on the severity of the crime.