Heavy littering plagues roads in Geneva County

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GENEVA CO. Ala. (WDHN) — A Geneva County road crew went up and down County road 4 Tuesday picking up trash.

The Geneva County Sheriff’s Office wasn’t happy about the trash situation.

“We had some complaints about the amount of garbage, especially close to the intersection of 103 South and County Road 4,” Geneva County Sheriff Tony Helms said. “I sent them over there and asked them to work it from 49 to the Houston County line, and the picture I put on Facebook is what they got off of it just in that area.”

A person caught littering can be fined up to $500 for first time offences and by the third time, up to $2000. That’s for any trash.

“We’re talking about a can that you throw out; that can cost you that much when you can very easily throw it in your floorboard, and when you get to the gas station to gas up, take it out and throw it in the can,” Helms said.

Helms said the cleanup crew is made up of inmates that volunteer to clean up roads once a week. He that cleaning up these roads helps the county out and asks people to be responsible.

“Take pride in the county, take pride in us and ourselves,” Helms said. “I mean we’ve got garbage cans. We’ve got a county dump that you can take things to. It’s a very, very small dumping fee, tipping fee there. It wouldn’t cost you a whole lot to do it.”

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