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Illegal dumping trashes Mint Hill neighborhood

MINT HILL, NC (WBTV) - Bell Grove Manor is a stately sounding neighborhood nestled in suburban Mint Hill. Here you'll find a couple of big beautiful houses, lots of room to build…and trash.

Lots of trash, including wine bottles, rusty paint cans, a bottle of bleach, even a reclining chair and a couple of grills.

"I try to ride around the neighborhood and pick up trash myself," says Mike Edwards, which is not exactly what he had in mind when he moved in.

 But the builder is having financial trouble, there are lots of empty lots, and Edwards understands exactly what's going on.

"You have to pay to dump your own trash," he says. "You know, people don't mind going to the county trash, but if they've got to pay, then because of the economic situation, they're going to be finding something more convenient. They're going to be dumping."

But Edwards has a message for those people.

"Consider that you're actually coming on someone else's property, and defacing the value of the property, destroying it," he says. "Appearance is everything, as far as keeping the value of your home up."

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