Alabama county looking to tackle illegal dumping
HEFLIN, Ala. (AP) — An eastern Alabama county has been given a $300,000 grant from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management to clean illegal dumping sites.
County Administrator Steve Swafford tells the Anniston Star (http://bit.ly/15uVEVs ) that county officials are looking to turn the three-year grant into more of a long-term solution.
Swafford says the county would like to use the grant to form an environmental services program to serve municipalities within the county and unincorporated areas.
Despite prisoner work details that clean county highways, compliance officer Josh Horn says he hears complaints on a weekly basis about illegal dumping and tires being left on the side of the road.
Horn says illegal dumping is a misdemeanor, punishable by a minimum $250 fine and court costs, but is hard to prosecute.
Information from: The Anniston Star, http://www.annistonstar.com/