There’s a home on 56th North Street in St. Petersburg where the yard has been covered in trash and junk for more than two years.
Finally, that mess is gone. Unfortunately, some neighbors are fearful the mess could return. The mountain of trash first came to be because the resident of the home, Jason Johns, appeared to have a hoarding problem.
A neighbor called code enforcement to see what could be done. Johns was fined in excess of $10,000 for his violations.
8 on Your Side did an investigation months ago and interviewed Johns. He explained why his trash had accumulated. “I had a couple of deaths in my family in the past year and I’m a little bit of a hoarder. I admit that.”
Mike Neal is the owner of Junk Warriors heard about the Johns’ story and wanted to see what he could do to help. Neal offered Johns’ a discount and only charged for supplies to help remove the junk and debris from the yard. He said, “They told us how much they had already spent to deal with hundreds of days’ worth of fines. So, we just tried to help them out the best that we could.”
If you want to picture how big 20 tons of trash is, it is the equivalent weight of 4-5 medium size elephants or two garbage trucks full of trash.
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