CLARK COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) - Trash lines many streets in Clark County and law enforcement is making it their mission to clamp down on offenders who dump trash illegally.
2 NEWS was invited along as Deputy Sheriff George Bennett and Deputy Sheriff Brad Tillman demonstrated just how bad the problem is in Clark County.
"It's very frustrating. It's sickening that people live that way," Bennett said.
Deputy Tillman said most of the items they see are furniture, electronics, mattresses and couches. He said they look for whatever identifiable evidence they can find in hopes of finding the people who continue to illegal dump.
"We are looking for any suspect information that we can gather that can lead to a criminal arrest," Tillman said.
They said they respond to about three to five calls a day.
2 NEWS obtained the Clark County Environmental Division's quarterly and annual reports. The county's environmental enforcement reported between April and June 2012 shows they handled 122 environmental complaints. For that entire year, they handled a total of 424 complaints. Between April and June of this year, they've handled 115 calls. Though that number is down compared to the same time last year, they predict the number of complaints to be higher than last year.
Chris Dearmond works for the cleaning company J & S. Though cleaning messes like this is his job, it still bothers him to know that people are trashing the city he grew up in.
"Stop, put it in the trash bags. Be clean about yourself. This is ignorant for real," said Dearmond.
Deputy Bennett said if you see anyone illegal dumping call 32-TRASH.
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