Downtown neighbor calls for cleanup, blames construction site

Debris left behind by construction in downtown El Paso.

A small problem downtown is starting to build up. One neighborhood resident said it’s putting the city’s beauty and nature in danger.

“It's just a really toxic material especially to wildlife,” Sarah Dillabough said.

Dillabough lives and works in downtown El Paso.

“I walk down Mills Street and it's reached down there as well, also down Oregon Street,” Dillabough said.

She's talking about Styrofoam beads filling in sidewalk cracks and building up among plants.

“The issue is that this foam waste, this foam pollution, that is originating from that one construction site and has really spanned through multiple blocks downtown,” Dillabough said.

She's blaming the construction happening on Santa Fe Street and Wyoming Street for the blowing debris.

Frank Hernandez is the operations manager for the Downtown Management District. He said cleaning crews patrol the streets seven days a week.

“It is again very, very important for us to have a clean downtown,” Hernandez said.

Developers though are responsible for any construction debris.

“We do have some instances where some of the debris whether it's from up and above or a container it will spill into the public right of ways,” Hernandez said.

When that happens Hernandez said they'll clean up and also have a talk with developers.

“It's just a matter of making people aware of what their responsibility is in conjunction with ours,” Hernandez said.

Dillabough said she even reached out to the mayor's office for help to keep her hometown clean.

“I just want our city to look nice, I want it to be a good place that you can enjoy,” Dillabough said.

CBS4 reached out to developers of the construction site but a manager was not available.

For trash or safety issues downtown you can call (915)400-2294.

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