I don't know who you are. I don't even know if you live in my neighborhood but for all that is good and holy Stop Doing This.

By this, I mean, stop throwing your trash behind my fence in my alley. By saying in my alley I really mean in ANY alley. I do a pretty good job trying to keep my alley mowed and looking decent. I use my ally to walk my dog. It is always my starting point.

I like to see the alley's of Amarillo not looking trashed. For the most part when something is dumped I try to break it up and put it in the dumpster. This is the only way I know that it will get picked up. Again, now I have to touch your trash. Something you should be doing and not me. Oh, I know you don't care. It's not your problem. It is not behind your fence.

There are some things dumped that I just don't want to touch for obvious reasons. Over a month ago I found this outside my back gate.

credit: Melissa Bartlett, TSM

I don't want to touch your nasty old mattress. I sure shouldn't have to. I first found it over and month ago and guess what?

Oh, and it is still there. I know the city at some point will pick it up. YOU could help the process by giving them a call and letting them know.

That really is the least you can do. I know the city wants to go to those little trash cans in front of our houses. I so don't want that either. Right now at least the City of Amarillo drives through my ally and will eventually take the mattress. If we go to trash cans in front I think dumping will become even a bigger problem.

The only time I am ever guilty of leaving anything out next to the dumpster is when I know for a fact someone will take it. I know it is something useful that someone needs. A lot of times whatever I put out in the ally is gone before I ever make it back in the house.

Those are the things you can dump. NEVER a mattress. Nobody wants that. Ever. Oh and I just took a walk down my alley and every dumpster had old nasty stuff laying outside. Stop doing this. Take care of your trash.