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Officials in Luzerne County are cracking down on an illegal dump site.

There are piles of tires, furniture, garbage and more along a road near Plymouth.

The property owners are ready to clean up and police are ready to increase patrols.

When Newswatch 16 showed up at the dump site along Jersey Road in Plymouth Township, we found a man burning some trash. He's not supposed to do that there, but he's at least burning up the garbage, leaving only ashes behind.

Others just dumped their junk there, and a lot of it.

"They're coming from all over and we just have to put a stop to it," said Plymouth Township Road Supervisor Joe Yudichak.

He and the head of the property's owner Earth Conservancy wanted Newswatch 16 to see all the junk and talk about ways to clean it up and stop it.

"You can see the amount of mess that's here and the work that's going to take to clean it up is going to be thousands and thousands of dollars," said Michael Dziak of Earth Conservancy.

The cleanup isn't easy. There is is a 40 to 50 foot cliff just covered in trash. Just accessing all the garbage there is going to be a tough task.

"It's not going to be easy. There's going to have to be heavy equipment brought in and people brought in to move stuff so it can be reached by equipment, put in containers and taken out of here," Dziak added.

There was a cleanup on the site only a year ago. Now it's a cluttered mess again.

That's why Earth Conservancy is looking to further block access to the spot. It's even offering a reward for those who turn in the dumpers. State police will be patrolling too.

Plymouth Township wants to use the land for housing development.

"This is our future, this is where we have to keep the dumpers out of here and keep this prime," added Yudichak.

"I think they should do it because it's been going on a long, long time here," Maryann Brozena lives along the road leading to the dump site. "I see a lot of little trucks go up there with a lot of debris from remodeling homes or something like that. You see that kind of stuff going up there plus other things up there."

Now the hope is to stop all that stuff from piling up there.