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Habitat home site inundated with trash

A vacant lot on Breckenridge Street in Lexington is the site of a future Habitat for Humanity home, but right now, it's the site of a massive illegal dump.

"You just think, 'Really?! Why would anyone do this at all?!'" says Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Rachel Childress.

Lexington Code Enforcement officers discovered the trash last week. Childress says they couldn't believe someone would do this to their lot.

"Well, we're estimating there's about 300 tires here, plus some electronic waste. There's shingles, there's a bin used to melt tar. There are mechanisms for doing this appropriately. This is not one of them," she says.

Habitat workers say situations like this aren't just an annoyance, they take away resources from families in need.

"You spend probably what will be a hundred hours or more total to get this cleaned up, then you're talking about a whole lot of hours that could have been spent working with a family helping them achieve their dream of home ownership," says Childress.

Next Wednesday, Habitat volunteers will try to clean up the mess. Childress says they've had tires dumped on sites before, but never anything like this. She says they suspect a business is the culprit.

"We have to assume in that quantity, it's a business. Most individuals don't have that quantity of tires," she says.

Childress says it can cost $20 just to dispose of one tire. She says the City of Lexington will help them take care of the costs. They may start sending letters to neighbors of Habitat sites asking them to keep an eye out for unusual activity.

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