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Carlsbad continues to fight illegal dumping, seeks state aid

February 10, 2019

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico city known for its breathtaking caverns is struggling with illegal dumping.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports the city of Carlsbad is seeking state help to purchase of large disposal containers to give potential illegal dumpers options.

Keep Carlsbad Beautiful Director Mary Garwood said Carlsbad receives an average of 40 instances of illegal dumping in a month within the city limits.

Carlsbad Utilities Director Ron Myers says solid waste crews continue to pick up “anything and everything” that’s dumped illegally in the city.

Volunteers removed 2.83 tons of trash from Carlsbad’s most scenic areas last year during a community cleanup known as Riverblitz.

The year before, nearly four tons were removed.

Garwood says she can’t understand why people litter on the picturesque landscapes around Carlsbad.

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Information from: Carlsbad Current-Argus, http://www.currentargus.com/