South Fulton County

Property owner agrees to clean up illegal dumping site in DeKalb neighborhood

ELLENWOOD, Ga. — An entire neighborhood in DeKalb County have been begging for change, and they might soon get it.

They say their neighborhood has become an illegal dumping site, but after Channel 2′s Tyisha Fernandes took their concerns to the county, the dumping site is about to get cleaned up.

Fernandes found food, dirty diapers, beds, couches, tires, carpet and more taking over a lot on the corner of Bouldercrest Rd. and Linecrest Rd. in Ellenwood.

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The property owner put up a cement barrier to stop people from pulling in their trucks to dump, but they are still finding a way.

“It brings the property value down and leads to a whole bunch of other stuff,” one neighbor who didn’t want to be identified said.

“It looks terrible, ridiculous, nasty,” neighbor Evelyn Bridges said.


DeKalb County Code Compliance Director Tim Hardy said he didn’t realize people were dumping in the area again.

Fernandes showed him a video of the area on Monday. Hardy got in touch with the property owner the same day, and he agreed to clean it up.

“From a timing standpoint, it is a great outcome. Typically, it would take a couple or three weeks to figure it out and get a citation or a notice in someone’s hand. In this instance, we were actually able to put our fingers on the LLC and get the principal,” Hardy said. “We’ll follow up, monitor it to make sure they get out here.”

If you get caught dumping illegally, the fine can be up to $1,000 and it can continue at $1,000 per day until you clean up the mess.

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