PORTLAND -- The Oregon Department of Transportation cleaned up an illegal dump that left area residents fuming in Northeast Portland.
The site was located near the corner of Northeast 122nd and Sandy Boulevard and first appeared about 6 weeks ago.
Neighbors said it began with just a clothing collection bin but over time, people have started dumping everything from furniture to electronics, paint, even spoiled food.
"We've got a bio-hazard here, we've got health hazards with the rotting food . . . so it's not a good situation for anybody," said Stanley Clarke who lives near the illegal dump.
Background: Illegal dump site in NE Portland
The illegal dump also sits next to a state highway, so that's why ODOT took on the cleanup project.
By Monday afternoon all the trash was gone. ODOT crews had to use three large trucks to haul all the junk away.
"We have to hold onto some of it for up to 30 days so when the crews are cleaning up, they sort through what MIGHT be people's possessions. This is all prescribed in state law and state law requires us to post a site for ten days before we can come and clean it up and then hold onto what might be people's possessions for 30 days."
Everything that goes unclaimed will be taken to a landfill.
Officials said they wanted to be sure people know that anyone who contributes to illegal dump piles can face a class-D misdemeanor punishable with a maximum fine of $1,250 and 30 days in jail.