Residents Go Litter Crazy

Local residents say they're tired of living in filth and they want area litterbugs thrown out.

Perry Resident Veronica Bradley says she was up at 6:00 a.m. picking up garbage from around her apartment door.

"Me and the lady downstairs try to keep it clean, but it gets right back on the ground again. As fast as we clean it up, it gets right back on the round. That's what we need to stop, the trash on the ground and all of it hanging out here."

Bradley and her neighbor’s say it's the people who don't live in Tidewater Apartments that come and hang out, leaving their trash hanging around everywhere.

Tasonyia Johnson, a Tidewater Apartments resident, said, "I hardly let my son come out here unless I'm out here because they break beer bottles. Glass is out here. He cut himself one time on the hand playing out here when beer bottles were busted."

Residents say they partly blame management for the mess. They say the garbage bins were finally dumped last Friday after weeks of no trash collection.

Manager Gwen Freeman says the contract with Wastepro is back on track. Plus, she says the maintenance crew spends two hours every weekday picking up litter.

Tidewater Resident Pamela McNeil says residents do bear some responsibility.

"This is so ridiculous, it's pitiful. This is pitiful. People that live out here can have this stop if they cared. Think about their little children. They're not even with that. They can stop that. It's the people that's living out here."

McNeil says until they can find a way to keep the litterbugs out, they'll have to keep picking the garbage up.

Perry Police say there's not much they can do because it's hard to decipher visitors from trespassers.

The playground of the Boys and Girls Club located next to the apartments is also filled with trash. Employees say the kids have to go outside and clean up themselves sometimes.

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