Clifton cleans up packrat's lawn of garbage

The city of Clifton has stepped in to help neighbors of a man whose lawn is filled with trash.

Residents on Mount Washington Drive say James Tamburro's home has been surrounded by junk for years and claim it has become a haven for rats. Clifton City Manager Al Greco sent a Department of Public Works team in to clean up the mess this week.

According to Greco, they took the action after years of issuing Tramburro fines. The city manager says the house was a danger to the safety of the neighborhood.

"It could be a fire hazard because there's so much paper and debris there," says Greco.

City workers have already removed two 30-yard containers of debris and garbage from the home. They estimate between three and four containers worth of trash are left at the site.

Tramburro has five days to go through the trash and rescue belongings. After that, the junk will be recycled.

Tramburro is due back in court July 1.

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