Castle Point Apartments residents face trash pile-up

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ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. -- Castle Point Apartments residents are fed up, as trash bags and garbage have spilled out into the parking lots.

“It’s makes me feel like I’m living in a landfill,” said one resident named Jenny, who wished not to appear on camera, worried that the landlord could retaliate. 

Another resident, who wished to remain anonymous, told ABC57 The dumpsters are completely filled, some with trash filling up around the dumpster along with chairs, beds, sofas and anything else you can think of."

Some residents are adding to those piles, flinging their garbage next to the dumpsters.

Jenny, who's lived at Castle Point for five years, doesn't know what to do. 

“There’s other people who are trying to other places to put the garbage themselves," she said. "They don’t want to add to it, same as I don’t want to add to it.”

She said the problem has been going on for weeks. Her husband has been taking their trash to his job to get rid of it. Jenny said she's just thankful it's not summer, as the smell from all the garbage would only be worse. 

Several residents have told ABC57 that Castle Point management still hasn't explained why the garbage hasn't been taken care of. 

"I just don’t know why they’re not coming," Jenny said. "The only thing I can think of is that they’re not picking it up because they can’t.”

It's to the point where every dumpster in the complex is filled. 

It's to the point where every dumpster in the complex has been filled. 

The anonymous resident told ABC57 that “It's absolutely embarrassing having family over and having to have them see how bad the dumpsters are.”

“It’s disgusting," added Jenny. "And if I had a way to move somewhere else, I would, but I can’t. So I’m stuck living here in this landfill.”

ABC57 has reached out to the offices of Castle Point about this situation, and so far they have not responded. The St. Joseph County Health Department said the matter is being looked into. 

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