Created: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 05:39:00 EST
Updated: Fri, 19 Jul 2013 12:02:27 EST
Hancock County residents are upset over their open dumpster areas scattered around the county and want it to change now.
Trash spills out of the dumpsters at the East Sinclair Road dump site. Besides bins being completely full, garbage is scattered on the ground making it difficult for some residents to even toss their trash away.
"Very embarrassing and when you got a lot of people that comes up here and dumpster dives," Hancock County resident Sandy Webb said.
"We pay the county to do this you know through our taxes and they don't provide trash care for us," Hancock County volunteer firefighter, Andrew Norrod said.
Roughly five miles down the road the dump site at Carrs Station Road is littered with not only trash but household furnishings which is clearly noted on the sign at the site that it's illegal. Even a stray dog sifts through the massive amounts of litter on the ground.
"You can't even get to the dumpsters without stepping on garbage or you don't even know if you're going to step on a board with a nail in it because there are no designated bins to put anything in," Norrod said.
The open dumpster areas are not only bothering the counties’ residents, but even county commission chairperson Sistie Hudson.
"I think they're perfectly horrible, they really are," Hudson said.
Hudson said Advanced Disposal manages the 68 dumpsters at the 10 different sites in the county. She knows the trash pile up is bad and attributes some of the mess to people not living in Hancock.
"Our neighboring counties have shut down sites,” she said. “The fellow from Advanced says he can see that the volume has increased over here, so we're getting a lot of out of county trash because of our open sites."
There is only one gated, graveled and manned seven days a week site and Hancock County Commissioners say they plan to have sites like it in the future to stop there sites from being a mess.
"Our real goal and it has been since January is to eliminate these sites and create permanent, manned, fenced graveled sites."
It’s in the works. Hudson said the county's lawyer is going through the legal process in order for the commissioners to be able to buy roughly five new sites to create the enclosed areas. When it happens, she said many of the current sites will be eliminated. Until then the commissioners have taken steps to clean up the sites. At the beginning of the year, commissioners hired a Hancock County deputy part time to monitor the sites and write citations. The commissioners also closed down three dump areas. Starting on Monday, the Recreation Department started to visit the sites in the morning along with the Road Crew Department to clean them up as well.
However, some people say it’s not enough and suggest the county take other approaches until the new sites are created.
"They need it to be moved or it needs to be stayed clean," Webb said.
"Instead of coming out once a week, maybe come out twice a week and just kind of clean up,” Norrod said.
Hudson will be meeting with an Advanced Disposal representative Friday to discuss other ways on improving the sites.