Litter accumulation on Venice Road becoming larger problem than city can handle

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — One turn off Lakeshore Parkway onto Venice Road and you’ll be surrounded by litter. The amount of trash off both sides of the street is a major eyesore to drive through or live nearby.

“The accumulation of different restaurants, fast food restaurants, bags and cups, it’s just no respect for your own backyard,” District 7 City Councilor Jay Roberson said.

Public works does clean up in this area, but the issue is larger than what seems like they can handle.

“The persons that are throwing the litter out do it too often,” Roberson said.

After the road is cleaned, the litter starts appearing days later. People who live nearby are sick of seeing all the trash along a road they travel on every day.

“We need to keep it clean, we need to take pride in our community,” Africa Smith, who lives near Venice Road said.

The last time Venice Road was completely litter free was nearly a year ago, when President Barack Obama visited the area.

“Enough is enough,” Roberson said. “Birmingham is beautiful, we got to make sure we keep it beautiful.”

The mayor and city of Birmingham are addressing this issue by announcing a city-wide litter campaign, increasing code enforcement and depending on you to report the crime when you see it to 311 or Birmingham Police.

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