Trash troubles piling up for Denver woman

DENVER -- One man's trash might be another man's treasure, but more often than not, it's still trash.

Denver resident Alexi Dipietro knows that firsthand.

Dipietro walked outside her front door Tuesday morning and found a truckload of trash littered a few feet from her home in Denver's Overland neighborhood.

"I was shocked. I saw the pile of trash and it just (upset) me ... so I took action," she said.

Dipietro started digging through the rubble, hoping to track down addresses to find the culprit, but illegal dumpers can be difficult to find.

"I want some action and I think this type of occurrence is unacceptable," Dipietro said.

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Despite possible fines of around $1,000, illegal dumpers often escape unless someone manages to record a license plate number.

Illegal dumping complaints are down 7 percent in Denver from a year ago. The city has received 3,897 complaints this year compared to 4,165 through the same time period a year ago.

Denver Public Works urges people to report illegal dumping by calling 311.

"I think people are now realizing how to report it and they're really keeping an eye out for each other, and I think that's a big help as well," Denver Public Works spokeswoman Heather Burke-Bellile said.

That's good news, unless you're Dipietro who is still dealing with illegal dumping.

"It's just sad. I can't even look," she said.