Kenyan McDuffie sits in a car and stares at the 30-foot-tall garbage dune.
Every day, dozens of garbage trucks come off their routes, trundle past the modest houses in the Langdon neighborhood and tip out their contents here on Bryant Street NE. Bulldozers push the trash into piles that are then shipped to far-off landfills.
This all happens less than 50 yards from someone’s home.
“Look at this . . . ” McDuffie says. “It’s ridiculous. This is almost criminal to me. This is unfathomable. This is untenable.”
“Most days,” he adds, “you can smell it, too.”
McDuffie (D), a D.C. Council member, has represented Langdon and the rest of Ward 5 for six months. On the campaign trail last year, he listened as residents lined up at meet-and-greets and candidate forums to complain about their communities being used as a “dumping ground” while other neighborhoods are being transformed by new residents and new businesses.