Residents in a South-Central El Paso neighborhood are concerned with the trash piling up from the Valle Verde apartments on the 200 block of Ascarate.
They say the trash is left by residents of the apartments and it comes into their front yards.
“It comes into my property. Every day, I have to pick it up and throw it in our trash,” said longtime resident Rick Navarro.
The apartments, owned by the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso, HACEP, are almost vacant and currently under renovation as a part of the Rental Assistance Demonstration program.
HACEP said 50 families live in the apartment complex and 49 of them moved out in the span of a week.
Javier Camacho, a spokesman for HACEP, told ABC-7, “Anytime you conduct a large amount of moves in a short amount of time, you’re going to encounter a large amount of trash.”
HACEP said in anticipation for the move, they placed two large “roll-off” bins in addition to the trash bins already there, but it wasn’t enough.
Clean up has already started at the community for the excess trash.
Construction is expected to start at the end of this month and is expected to be finished mid 2019 and HACEP said it won’t cost the taxpayers any money.