Several tires picked up by litter abatement crews

Thirty-eight tires were collected off the side of Logan County roads in April, which is a high number according to county solid waste coordinator Dwight Cockrill. The county recently held a tire amnesty event for three days which collected thousands of tires brought in by Logan County residents for free.

There were 14 tires found on Cornith Road, 13 on Hwy. 68-80, seven on the Emerson Bypass, and four on Newtown Road.

“It is strange to find this many in one month,” said Cockrill.

During the month of April the Logan County Litter Abatement crews picked up 558 bags of trash on 44.4 miles of roadway in Logan County. Also picked up were one bucket, one pipe, a roll of carpet, a pallet, clock, and two large boxes of beer bottles.

“You really never know what you may come across,” said Cockrill. Abatement crews have previously found portable methamphetamine labs, needles, marijuana plants, furniture, kitchen appliances, etc.

The Litter Abatement program provides grant funding to cities and counties through the Kentucky Division of Waste Management’s Recycling and Local Assistance Branch in Frankfort. Logan County has been awarded this grant for close to two decades and the number of trash picked up off of Logan County’s roadways due to this grant are astonishing.

In 2013, there were 4,733 bags of trash picked up in Logan County through the Litter Abatement program. In 2014 there were 4,645 bags of trash recovered. That means in the last two years 9,378 bags of trash have been manually picked up off the sides of the roads in Logan County by either inmate labor or non-profit organizations.

Astonishing is the amount of trash people throw from their vehicles, said Cockrill. Cockrill has been serving in this position for the past seven years and says he still is surprised to see how much trash Logan County accumulates by people littering.

“I just wish people would realized what they throw from their cars is costing themselves in the long run. And that they are breaking the law every time they do it,” said Cockrill.

The county receives between $45,000-$50,000 annually to battle the litter problems in Logan through the Litter Abatement grant. The grant process is very lengthy, but it’s a process Cockrill believes is very important.

Through this grant, Cockrill is able to pay a deputy to take inmates throughout the county to pick up trash Monday-Friday (if weather permits) and pay non-profit groups up to $100 per mile, up to five miles to pick up trash. Cockrill says he even has state roads picked up as well, because they tend to be the ones with the most trash. Also purchased through the grant are trash bags, rubber gloves, and signage to put up throughout the county asking people not to litter.

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