There are still sites in Logan County where illegal dumping is still occurring despite several avenues to dispose of waste properly.

Nathan Cockrill, Logan County Solid Waste Coordinator, says even those this spring there seemed to be a lot fewer dumps in the community, they are unfortunately, picking up again this summer.

“I want to remind folks that there are options to illegal dumping you can take advantage of. For instance, garbage curbside service with Scott Waste is relatively affordable, and a second can is only around $5 a month,” said Cockrill.

Logan County has a recycling center located 1230 Morgantown Road, Russellville where you can take sorted, clean paper, plastic bottles, and cans. Free dump days are offered at the transfer station located on 55 Pleasant View Drive, Auburn on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month.

“Illegal dumping causes a safety concern,” Cockrill said. “People can run into debris on the road, puncturing tires or creating a wreck, as well as creating a danger to pick them up. I know first hand. This doesn’t even speak to the eyesore and the pollution that can be created. It is truly a shame when there are legal ways to dispose of trash.”

The definition of illegal dumping varies by state, but usually involves one of the following scenarios:

Dumping waste on public or private property that is not licensed or permitted to receive waste.

Dumping waste, without a license or permit, into sewers or waterways.

Allowing another to dump waste on one’s land, without being licensed to receive such waste.

The federal government has also passed multiple laws designed to protect the environment. These federal laws, such as the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, have complex permitting requirements and typically apply to large volumes of hazardous waste.

Criminal littering under Kentucky law is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and up to a $500 fine. In addition, a defendant may be required to clean up whatever mess they made and pay any damages to the property owner where the littering occurred.

“I am happy to work with residents if they have unusual cases, however, if they dump their trash out, criminal littering is a serious offense,” said Cockrill. “On some of these dumps, identifying materials can be found. These leads will be followed up to the greatest extent possible to find the perpetrators. This could lead to significant fines and community service through the court system.”

For more information or to report an illegal dump, contact Cockrill at 270-726-7220.