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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) -- CBS46 uncovered a serious health hazard in one metro Atlanta community after DeKalb County resident Tyler Smallman complained about a pile of trash at his Decatur apartment complex.

"No one should be living in a landfill. This feels like you're living in a landfill. This is nuts," Smallman said.

Smallman said the garbage at The Avenues of North Decatur on DeKalb Industrial Way has not been picked up in weeks and is now attracting flies, bees and other varmints.

"My greatest concern is I feel like I'm living in a landfill. That's my greatest concern," Smallman said. "There has been no formal announcement sent out letting us know what's going on with the garbage and where we are supposed to be putting our garage."

Residents said the property is under new management and the problem began when Hawthorne Residential Partners took over at the end of May.  

"If it rains all this garbage runoff is going into our watershed. This is just extremely unsanitary. There's no way that this is normal," Smallman said.

While at the complex, CBS46 spoke with a man who said he was hired to clean up the trash. We also spoke with an employee of Hawthorne Residential Partners who asked us to leave the property.

"All I'm doing right now for the company is cleaning up all this mess and putting everything in the dumpster as I was hired to do," a contractor said.

CBS46 contacted the corporate office for Hawthorne and a spokesperson said the motor to the trash compactor was broken when they took over the property and they hope to have the parts to fix it Wednesday and get everything cleaned up.

"This is the best I could have hoped for. Getting some publicity and getting some pressure on them to do something," Smallman said.

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