Solid Waste Cordinator Dwight Cockrill recently released the June and July roadside trash pickup reports for Logan County. Litter abatement crews made up inmates from the local detention center are responsible for daily cleanup of roads throughout the community.
Logan County receives funding annually to pay for fuel and a deputy to take the inmates out when weather permits. Over a years time abatement crews can pick up hundreds of bags of trash, several pieces of furniture, appliances, tires, and even drug paraphernalia.
For the months of June and July crews picked up 683 bags of trash over 75.6 miles in Logan County. Some of the roads that were targeted included: Hwy. 68-80, Highland Lick, Newtown, Duncans Chapel, Don Harris, Locust Grove, the Bypass, Williamson, Milton Riley, Stephanie, Hwy. 79, Orndorff Mill and Sportsman Club.
According to Cockrill, crews sometimes have to return to roads often due to the amount of litter thrown out on a daily basis. The state roads seems to get a lot of trash, said Cockrill.
Along with bags of trash collected, Cockrill reported 16 tires, a five gallon bucket, an ironing board, two state road signs, a muffler, plywood, a large box of dirty diapers, toilet paper, mail, car parts, a bag of foam and two county road signs.
“You really never know what you are going to find out there,” said Cockrill. “Crews have located used needles, portable meth labs and marijuana.”
As part of the litter abatement program, Cockrill uses funds to purchase signs with short slogans about littering. Cockrill says sometimes the signs seem to work, while other times they don’t.
“Citizens need to realize they are hurting themselves when the throw their litter out onto the side of the road,” said Cockrill. “Where do they think the money comes from to help clean up after those who litter?”
Cockrill also reminds those who throw out trash that it is against the law, and if they are caught, can face a large fine. You don’t always have to be caught by law enforcement either. Others who see someone throwing litter from a vehicle can take a license plate number down and turn it into authorities.
“People need to realize they are harming the environment with their careless actions. It doesn’t take much effort to throw your trash into a trash can instead of out your window. Think before you act,” Cockrill said.
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