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Illegal trash dumping is an eyesore in eastern Mississippi

February 2, 2019

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Supervisors in an eastern Mississippi county say people are creating problems by dumping trash where it’s not supposed to be.

The Lauderdale County road manager, Rush Mayatt, tells the Meridian Star that there’s a “mountain of trash” every Monday. The county has a facility where people can dispose of big items like sofas or appliances. If the facility is closed, people just dump items outside of it.

Supervisor Kyle Rutledge says people are crossing the state line, from Alabama and elsewhere, to leave their trash in Mississippi.

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has suggested that Lauderdale County seek a grant to pay for an enforcement officer who would write tickets for illegal dumpsites.

Lauderdale County already has a six-person crew to pick up roadside litter.

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Information from: The Meridian Star, http://www.meridianstar.com

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