Illegal Dumping: Nine tons of trash dumped in February
“We have to put a stop to this.” Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste District Coordinator Dan Palmer didn’t mince words when talking about the 8.7 tons of garbage dumped in the two counties in the month of February. Among the garbage picked up by his crews included 9 toilets, 5 sofas, 15 TVs, 3 mattresses, a bathtub, and a whole bunch of carpet.
That’s in addition to 474 bags of litter picked up from the side of the road. He said 217 miles of roadways that were picked up during February. He said the number was down from previous months because his crews have to keep cleaning the same stretches of road over and over again and deal with massive amounts of open dumping.
“It’s inexcusable,” he told Scioto County Commissioners at Thursday’s meeting. The worst spots? Haines Road, Dry Run, and Carey’s Run. “People, if you see anyone dumping call our office or call 9-1-1. We have to put a stop to this.”
Commissioner Bryan Davis agreed. “It’s a tragedy. Hopefully, work release is helping pick up some of that slack. It’s very discouraging when you clean up a road and two weeks later it’s back to where it was. We have to have more pride.” Prisoners and probationers provided a total of 217 man-hours to aid in the cleanup for February.
Both Davis and Palmer encourage citizens to call the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste District at (740) 532-1231 if they see illegal dumping and assured callers that they don’t have to give their names.