During a recent Neighborhood Watch Meeting in the Drummonds area, citizens complained of illegal trash dumpsites on several roads in their community. In response to the complaint, the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office concentrated efforts during the month of April to clean up the roadways.
The TCSO litter crew collected over 2.5 tons (5,680 lbs) of litter in the area of Simmons Road, Dolan Road, Quito Drummonds Road and Richardson Landing area. The litter crews walked over 12.1 miles and picked up household garbage, tires, and construction debris. Three illegal dumpsites were identified during the 6 days the crews worked the roadways.
The litter pick up program is funded through “Keep Tipton County Beautiful” and the Sheriff’s Office provides inmates daily to pick up litter throughout Tipton County. Correctional officers supervise the crews and attempt to identify who is contributing to the dumpsites for prosecution in Tipton County General Sessions Court.
“Mrs. Ruth Wallace of ‘Keep Tipton County Beautiful’ works closely with the Sheriff’s Office to respond to complaints of littering, to conduct hazardous material collection days, and to clean up illegal dumpsites. I encourage the use of our inmates, who qualify to work outside of the Correctional Facility, to help us keep our County clean! We will prosecute anyone we can identify as the owner or responsible party of the illegal dumping,” said Sheriff J.T. “Pancho” Chumley. “I encourage citizens who have hazardous household products to dispose of, to attend the next Household Hazardous Pickup Event. It is scheduled for 21 May 2016 at Brighton High School from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Littering is 100% preventable. Help us keep Tipton County Beautiful – please don’t litter!” added Sheriff J.T. “Pancho” Chumley.
This article originally appeared as a press release from Tipton County Sheriff's Office.