Lawrence County gets tough on illegal dumping

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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio (WOWK) — County leaders have been adamant about beautifying the area following what they call a blatant disregard of the law and of fellow residents.

The county is now getting tough on those that litter.

Just last month, county leaders, volunteers, and work-crews picked up litter along the highway on US-52 from Hanging Rock all the way to Chesapeake.

“We [picked up] 812 bags of litter,” said Dan Palmer of the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District.

Now, county officials are fed up with those that are illegally dumping tires and drowning the county in litter.

“We’re citing people into court for blatant abuse of the laws,” said Palmer.

But it’s not just leaders that are tired of seeing trash throughout the county, it’s residents like Jack Welz.

He says laziness is part of the problem.

“Lack of caring. It’s so much easier just to throw it down than it is to throw it in the can,” said Welz, who has lived in Lawrence County for the last 70 years.

Palmer says 177 cases of illegal dumping were investigated last year. 

As of this month, there are 74 cases — almost all of which have been brought into the courtroom.

“No more warning people, they know better,” said Palmer. “The laws are posted on the highways and on your roads.”

Welz believes this’ll help the county’s littering problem, but he’s also worried that the problem might cost Lawrence County economic opportunities.

“I would hesitate coming [to this area] if it was my company,” he said. “I would want to go to some place that I felt that the people cared [about] and wouldn’t trash everything.”

The message here, Palmer says, is simple. If, and when, they catch you littering, you’ll suffer the consequences.

“You will be taken to court, I can assure you. We mean business,” said Palmer.

The Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District is continuing to beautify the county.

If you, your school, or organization want to join in their efforts, all you have to do is call them at (740) 532 – 1231.

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