Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Illegal dumping prompts rodent infestation

This story takes place in Englewood and Ald. Lyle is quoted in this article about this problem:
Trash pickup for the 7000 block of South Parnell is every Wednesday but within a week not only is the trash twice as much but twice as bad, said Ruthie Shivers, 80, who lives at 7041 S. Parnell.
Alderman Freddrenna Lyle, whose 6th Ward includes portions of Englewood, said she previously spoke to residents living in the 7000 block of South Parnell about the situation and informed the city’s Department of Streets and Sanitation to look into the matter.

“I had previously spoke with the Streets and Sanitation superintendent for my ward about this matter but I did not know the situation had not been cleared up (in regards to the items illegally dumped),” Lyle told the Defender. “I do know that the city baited the alleys this summer to help combat the problem but it appears that more illegal dumping has since taken place and we are working on a long-term solution to prevent further illegal dumping.”

Lyle added that she spoke to Thomas Byrne, commissioner for the Streets and Sanitation Department, on Tuesday and he assured her that the items illegally dumped, such as tires, would be cleared away by Wednesday.

“I hate that it sometime takes the media to start inquiring before something is actually done but hey what can I say, it is what it is,” Lyle said.

In the alley there were warning signs stamped to light poles from the city informing the public about the rodent problem and it listed a June date as the last time the area was baited for rodents. City workers will hand out informational pamphlets to residents Wednesday letting them know what causes rodent problems and how to prevent them.
Read the whole thing. Perhaps rodents are a problem in your neck of the woods.


  1. In a conversation with the Ward Streets and Sanitation office there are several things residents can do to help keep the ward clean and rodent free

    Place trash inside the carts and close lids. keeps pest out of cans and trash off the ground
    Limit large items(chairs, bed frames, etc,) to one to two items per week. There are no more "Bulk" or "Junk" pickups and these items go on the regular truck. If excessive large items are out they may not be picked up ( garbage truck personnel are not responsible for completing your "cleanouts")and may be subject to fines. Also, place these items out as close to pickup date as possible.
    Call 311 and report fly dumping, cart additions or replacement.
    Please cooperate and move your vehicle when you see the signs posted for street cleaning
    If you have problems with dirty alleys, excessive trash or any other sanitation problem call the office at 312-747-8776. Your ward sanitation superintendent is Mr. Brian Gardner. Mr. Gardner goal is to make the 6th Ward the cleanest in Chicago.

  2. Worlee I think we have another idea for a post right there! :)


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