Litter a concern for commissioners
by James Phillips
Mar 10, 2013 | 2119 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A county work crew from District 4 picks up trash along a stretch of Sipsey Road Friday afternoon. Daily Mountain Eagle – James Phillips
A county work crew from District 4 picks up trash along a stretch of Sipsey Road Friday afternoon. Daily Mountain Eagle – James Phillips
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District 3 Walker County Commissioner Bobby Nunnelley summed up the amount of litter on area roadways with a simple phrase last week — “It’s a disgrace.”

Nunnelley, speaking during the commission’s regular meeting on Monday, said he was displeased with area litterbugs.

“When I see garbage thrown out, it is just disgusting to me,” he said. “We are going to be working on ways to get this problem stopped.”

District 4 Commissioner Steven Aderholt said the county’s four district shops are working constantly to pick up trash.

“The problem is not getting the trash picked up — I have inmates on the road everyday with a great District 4 crew leader, Blue Bailey,” he said. “The problem is people who have no respect and choose to throw their trash on Walker County roads.”

Bailey, who was picking up garbage on Sipsey Road Friday afternoon, said workers had filled almost 12 bags in a quarter-mile stretch.

“This is a pretty normal amount for us,” he said. “We already had the back of the truck full with bags once today and had to dump them before we could pick up more.”

Aderholt said he is alarmed by the amount of trash tossed from vehicles in Walker County.

“I have never seen anything like it. If you can afford McDonald's and Bud Light, you can afford trash bags to put hamburger wrappers and aluminum cans in,” he said. “The solution is simple — Stop throwing trash on the roadway.”

Bailey said crews spend 50 hours per week picking up garbage.

“We spend so much time trying to control the litter on the roads,” he said. “It’s disheartening to drive through a road a week later and it looks like we never picked up anything.”

Commissioners are warning would-be litterbugs that criminal action will be taken if a person is caught littering in the county.

“If we find something with a name and/or address on it, or even worse, see someone throwing trash out, we will be sure to contact the sheriff's department,” Aderholt said. “We need everyone in Walker County to help us keep a watchful eye on our roads. The county's litter problem is ridiculous and has to stop.”