DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - According to officials, there are a thousand illegal dumps across Montgomery County.
Not only can they be an eye sore, but a health hazard as well. For one brother and sister, they were tired of their neighborhood becoming a place for trash.
It's a pretty spring day, but a closer look down the alley of Burton Avenue in Dayton shows an ugly side. Trash litters the backyard of this vacant home and the garage is bursting at the seams with scrap tires.
Deputy Victoria Dingee, Mont. Co. Environmental Crimes Task Force, says, "It really is a big problem and I get complaints daily and sometimes it's a small dump site that maybe just trash or it can be construction demolition debris."
And the complaints are turning into results. In March of 2012 siblings Justin and Crystal Western saw a man dumping tires into a yard near their home.
Justin Western, Dayton, says "They were in some trucks and trailers they were throwing them off into piles."
Justin grabbed his phone and snapped these pictures of several men trying to unload more than a hundred tires in the back yard of a vacant home on Lindavista Avenue. His sister Crystal called police.
"It's just frustrating because it's messy and you would hope people would take care of it. even though it's no one's property we have to see it you wouldn't want trash in your house and you don't want trash around your house either," said Crystal Western.
Their efforts lead to the Montgomery County Environmental Crimes Task Force's first prosecution.
Orande Clake was sentenced to five years probation, 100 hours of community service and a thousand dollar fine.
Justin and Crystal are hoping their actions spread so there's less eye sores like the one on Burton avenue.
"It's unnecessary. There are trash cans all around, we have a trash system in place" says Crystal Western.
If you see anyone illegally dumping call the Montgomery county environmental crime unit at 225-HELP. Regional dispatch will answer the call.
Dumping just one tire is a felony. Montgomery County residents are able to dispose of up to ten tires per year for free at the Solid Waste Transfer Station.