TRINITY COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) – Illegal dumping is a common problem, especially in rural areas. Over the weekend, a man in Trinity County attempted to dump a thousand pounds of trash in a nearby stream.
A mattress, tires, or household appliances are all bulky items that people sometimes need to get rid of. Where should they put them? Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace says they shouldn’t be putting them on the side of the road.
“The dumping on these dirt roads in Trinity County has been a problem for some time. So in recent years we’ve installed a lot of cameras in different areas, ”Wallace said.
And the system succeeded. Wallace says they have made several arrests and have seen a drop in illegal dumping. The cameras are strategically placed so that they can spot a vehicle’s license plate.
“We don’t want to put people in jail, I mean contrary to what a lot of people think, it’s not our goal but we want people to be in compliance,” Wallace said.
Sheriff Wallace said collection sites are a much better option. There is currently no site in Trinity County, but Wallace said there are several in Polk and surrounding counties.
” It is quite expensive. It’s $ 15 to $ 20 to throw in a mattress, but it’s a lot cheaper than the fines you’re going to get if you go out and throw your things on the side of the road, ”Wallace said.
This weekend’s attempt was resolved after Wallace went public with the footage and gave the culprit a 48-hour warning before inflicting a felony at state prison.
“In that case, you know, I think he learned his lesson. I think he will never do it again. He went down on his own and picked it up, which was a chore as it was way down the stream. So he dug it up and sent me a receipt where he paid for it to be properly disposed of at a collection site, ”Wallace said.
Sheriff Wallace said his goal was to get residents to do the right thing.
“Sometimes you have to keep an honest man honest,” Wallace said.
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