County asks citizens to help identify roadside dump sites

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Roadside dumps: dwindling in number but unsightly and offensive as ever. Call and report any on county road rights-of-way to get them removed.

Roadside dumps: dwindling in number but unsightly and offensive as ever. Call and report any on county road rights-of-way to get them removed.

If you live in a rural part of the county, you’re all too familiar with the sight of roadside dumps that at one time used to spring up like mushrooms along county roads, especially back roads with less traffic. They’re illegal of course, and may not be as common as they used to be, but they are as offensive and unsightly as ever when they occur: old tires, rusted appliances, ugly bathroom fixtures, used tile, broken pieces of wallboard and other construction waste – all feature
prominently in the contents.valuable service provided as a part of the county waste disposal contract negotiated last spring and in effect until 2014.

But now there’s relief available to get them removed and restore visual tranquility.
Call the Blount County Commission office at 625-4160 to report their location, and a truck will be sent at the next monthly pickup time to clean up the mess and haul it to a landfill.

County administrator Ralph Mitchell would like to remind Blount Countians of the valuable service provided as a part of the county waste disposal contract negotiated last spring and in effect until 2014.

The contractor, Allied Waste, agreed to make a truck and attendant available each month to clean up illegal dumps on county roads and right-of ways – at no additional charge to the county. The provision is not being used to full advantage, Mitchell said, mainly because the sites of dumps have not been identified.

“Please let us know so we can clean up these eyesores,” he said. “We’ve cleaned up some of them, and we know there are more out there, we just don’t know where. We can’t clean them if we don’t know about them. So call us and report where cleanup or pickup is needed.”