Logan County has a thriving Litter Abatement Program responsible for picking up trash on the roads in the community. The program also tries to stop those from littering in the first place by an advertising campaign that reaches the newspaper and radio, as well as the roads themselves with signage placed to remind travelers littering is illegal. Dwight Cockrill serves as the county’s solid waste coordinator. It is his job to oversee the program, which takes inmates out of the Logan County Detention Center and drives them throughout the week all over the county picking up trash on the side of the roads.
In the month of August, crews picked up 48.6 miles of roadways that included 68-80 Bypass, Hey. 100, Highland Lick Road, Sportsman Club Road, Industrial Drive, Hwy. 107 and east and west 68-80.
There are most always abandon tires and larger items the crews must handle when out and about. In August there were 7 tires found on the sides of the roads, along with a box spring and car parts.
You never know what you might fund, says Cockrill.
Littering can cause all sorts of problems along with being unsightly. When trash is thrown from a car, it may hit another car’s windshield — a distraction that could cause an accident. Running over litter or trying to avoid litter can also lead to vehicle accidents.
Litter can be harmful to animals, who may try to swallow pieces of trash or become entangled in it. These situations can lead to death. Decomposing litter can contaminate water supplies as well as harming plant life.
It costs the government billions of dollars every year to get litter picked up. Littering can also cause surrounding property prices to drop.
“The litter abatement program is a very beneficial one,” Cockrill said. “It gets frustrating at times I must admit when a crew goes out and cleans up a road only to return a week later and it’s covered in litter again. We try to advertise asking people not to throw their trash out the window, but there are some who don’t listen. We just have to keep at it in hopes that someday the littering of our community and environment will cease.”
The litter abatement program is funded though the state of Kentucky.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.