Church members in Antioch fed up with illegal dumping in their parking lot

Posted at 3:25 PM, May 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-15 21:27:48-04

ANTIOCH, Tenn. (WTVF) — Members of an Antioch church have been finding everything from toilets to mattresses to glass being dumped in the church's parking lot.

"You can see there's nails here," said Pastor Brian Bush of Crossroads Church. "When the kids come out to play, that's really really dangerous."

Crossroads Church is located on Collins Park Drive in Antioch. Pastor Bush said people have been stopping by to illegally dump their unwanted construction trash. He's frustrated because it's going to cost the church about $400 to clean up - money they could be using to help those in need.

"Just this right here, we could use this resources to provide coats for kid," said Pastor Bush, "Now we have to use the money to clean it up instead of helping people who need help."

Unfortunately, once the trash is dumped on the church's property, it's the church's problem.

An illegal dumping complaint can be made on the city's website: If the trash is in a right of way, Public Works can pick up the trash and debris.

But if it is on private property, it is ultimately the responsibility of the property owner to have the trash removed. If anyone has evidence showing who committed the dumping, Metro codes said they and/or MNPD can work to go after them.

Pastor Bush believes more should be done to protect private property from something like this.