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People using social media to address blight concerns

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Fed up with trash and dumping issues, people are turning to social media sites to shine light on neighborhood issues. (WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Fed up with trash and dumping issues, people are turning to social media sites to shine light on neighborhood issues.

One community page on Facebook is dedicated to informing followers to the blight issues in the city.

Trash and dumping issues, such as tires, mattresses, furniture and more, have plagued several Columbus communities for years in areas like south Columbus and the Hilltop.

"It makes me angry. It really does. It makes me angry because this is our neighborhood,” said Bill Huffman.

Huffman belongs to community group “Friends of the Hilltop.” He said exposing these community problems through social media will get the attention of city leaders.

"The city sees Facebook too. Don't think their personnel who work for them are not on Facebook and the mayor doesn't hear about these issues out here because he does,” said Huffman.

The longtime Hilltop resident said in addition to getting action from city leaders, ordinary residents are also needed to address the problem.

People who notice excessive trash and dumping issues can call 311 or reach certain departments online.

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