Resident complains about illegal dumping
Five years after the state of Tennessee passed its litter law, Dyer County is still struggling to enforce the law. Although according to Dyer County Building Official Daniel Cobb, the illegal dumping in the county has slowed significantly since the opening of the convenience centers in 1996, there are still areas in the county where residents choose to dump their trash rather than use the centers, which the county provides free to its residents.
One such location exists on Harris Road off Lenox-Nauvoo Road. In a written statement to the State Gazette, Jarrod Prince, a resident of that area for nearly six years says that he is tired of seeing the eyesore by his home and seeing people use it as a dumping site.
"I have seen everything from toilets, household furniture, shingles, toys, car parts, TVs, and various other materials," said Prince. "I have also seen trash dumped as well."
Prince's statement to the Gazette reflected his frustration on the situation as he says he has approached Cobb, Dyer County Road Superintendent Jeff Jones and even the Dyer County Sheriff's Department for assistance. Prince says although some residents are caught dumping and Jones cleans up unclaimed items it continues to be a problem for the residents on Harris Road.
In previous statements to the State Gazette, Cobb has said that if neighbors are able to identify the individual doing the illegal dumping he approaches them and asks them to clean up the mess or face possible prosecution. Cobb stated back in December 2011 that it has been many years since Dyer County has had to go to court over an illegal dumping issue. However, if the individual is unknown it is difficult to track them down to clean the area or prosecute.
Tennessee's Litter Law went into effect July 2007 and classifies three types of littering:
* Mitigated criminal littering is littering an amount less than 5 pounds and is considered a Class C misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine of $50 and 40 hours of community service.
* Criminal littering is littering between 5 and 10 pounds and is considered a Class B misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine of $500 and 80 hours of community service.
* Aggravated criminal littering is littering an amount over 10 pounds and is considered a Class A misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine of $2,500 and 160 hours of community service.
Dyer County has three convenience centers located at: Bogota off Highway 78, Trimble and at the city landfill. County residents can dump their trash at any location at no charge.
Dyer County continues to be one of the more progressive counties in addressing litter problems by working with programs such as Keep Tennessee Beautiful and participating in the Great America Clean-Up events.