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Volunteers set to clean up 1,000 illegally dumped tires

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

Atlanta City Councilwoman Cleta Winslow sent a strong message to illegal tire dumpers this week. 

"We're tired of it, we're not going to let it happen anymore and we're going to start prosecuting people," said Winslow. "There's a tire commission task force, and we have a plan and we can catch you. Believe me, we can catch you. I'm not going to tell you how, but we can catch you. So you keep doing what you're doing, and we're going to have you in front of a judge."

Winslow said Eco-Action, Georgia State and Liberty Tire Recycling have all teamed up to clean up roughly 1,000 illegally dumped tires in southwest Atlanta this weekend.

"There is no reason in the world in Atlanta, GA, in 2012 that we continue to see these tires all over our neighborhoods, particularly in the Pittsburgh community," said resident Douglas Dean.

Volunteers will begin the cleanup process on Cohen Street first thing Saturday morning. It's a problem that the community hopes to eliminate immediately.

"If we're not careful, we're going to have West Nile Virus over here in some weeks as it gets warmer," said Winslow.

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