Illegal dumps plague county

Staff Writer

County officials are taking a strong stance on the trash problem, and they want citizens to know that littering will not be tolerated.

The Grenada County Sheriff’s Department arrested and charged three women with littering Monday.

Investigator Greg Conley, Grenada County’s solid waste enforcement officer, said the women were at a dump site on Graysport Crossing Road.

“We’ve been having problems with dumpster diving out there, and we have an ordinance against that in the county,” Conley said. “The county is taking this littering problem serious.”

Trash on the side of the roads is not hard to find. Ranging from soft drink cans to fast food bags and furniture, now officials are dealing with deer carcasses being dumped in the height of hunting season.

Illegal dumping sites can be found at all corners of the county, but after the board of supervisors implemented a litter program for justice court offenders to pay off old fines, some improvements have been made.

Still, illegal sites such as the ones on  Shelby Chapel Road, Nelia Road and Halls Road show how bad the problem can be

On Fort Hill Road, just off Highway 8 East, lies an illegal dumping ground. Deer carcasses, dead domestic animals and piles of garbage have county leaders frustrated.

“Some of these sites are just sickening,” Conley said.

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