Franklin County Sheriff’s Office angered over increased instances of illegal trash dumping

Roanoke Valley News

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office took to social media in concern over illegal trash dumping.

In the Facebook post on Tuesday, June 15, the sheriff’s office says the local Inmate Work Crew spends six days a week, eight hours a day collecting improperly disposed of trash caused by littering and illegal dumping.

Authorities the service will continue, but they urge citizens to, “do your part in properly disposing of your household refuse at the green box containers (dumpsters) or the landfill.”

The sheriff’s office also reminds residents and visitors of the laws that protect both citizens and the overall environment.

Therefore, officials say they will be ramping up enforcement of the following laws and county codes:

  • Section 18-17 – LITTERING
    • It shall be unlawful for any person to dump or dispose of any solid waste on a public highway, right-of-way, property adjacent to such highway or right-of-way, on any other public property or on private property, into and/or on a stream, lake or body of water without the written consent of the owner. This applies to trash ejected from any motor vehicle, boat or other means.
    • It shall be unlawful for any person to dump, destroy or otherwise dispose of or abandon solid waste within the county, except at the county landfill or other methods approved. It shall specifically be prohibited to place commercial and/or non-household solid waste in a county-owned dumpster at any time.
    • Solid waste such as stumps, trees, brush, lumber or lumber scraps, automobile or truck bodies or chassis, all tires and casings, old furniture, appliances or other objects of like nature, infected or hazardous materials, metal objects, building materials (brick, sheet rock, concrete) are not allowed in the small green box containers. No refuse of any kind may be placed around the outside of green box containers. Bulky and large loads must be taken to either the landfill or a large container box (20 cubic yard boxes or above).

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