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So I go over to one of my fishing holes this morning and when I arrive I find someone has dumped 8-10 full bags of trash along side the road at the entrance to the parking area. It's close enough to the side of the road and the entrance that someone has hit a bag or two with their car and the contents have spilled out on the road and are being dragged all over the place by passing cars. I have bags in my truck to pick up beer cans, soda containers and miscellaneous trash whenever I go to a fishing hole. It's always cleaner when I leave than when I arrive. Some of my places, if I must say so myself, are almost like no one has been there. So I pick up all these bags and load them in the back of my truck and clean up the area as best I could and notice in the bag there are several pieces of mail all addressed to the same person. I was going to just take them to the dump, real close would you believe, along with my trash but now I know where it came from I don't know. I tried to call the sheriff's office but they are closed on Sun and they only respond to 911 calls so I can't ask if they would do anything. My next option is write out a nasty note and place it and the trash back in this person's driveway. Whatcha think? Am I opening a can of worms here?
 

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I have had this problem on one of our farms. What I do at the request of the Sheriff's Dept. Dig through it to find something with a name and address and place that underneath a bag then call the Sheriff's Dept. Our county has a deputy assigned to trash.
It's funny too. I've had him call me standing on perps porch talking to the perp.
Mr. Johnson, I'm at the house the trash came from and this lady says she don't know anything about it but she has 24 hours to remove the trash from your property or she'll be arrested for illegal dumping. Case closed.
 

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If you are going to load 8-10 bags of trash into your vehicle to take and dump illegally, why not just take them to a legitamate disposal site. I wonder the same thing about appliances, furniture and stuff you see people have dumped.
 

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Depends on the county.
In Johnston county you have to purchase a sticker which is 65 dollars per vehicle per year to use a dump site.
I have complained about this endlessly not because of the expense but because the dirt bags that won't buy a sticker will dump all up and down the road.
The way it should be done is to tax assess every vehicle registered in the county to cover costs and it would lower costs.

Finally our county commissioners have taken up the matter.
 

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Drum we had the same problem when I lived in the rural area of San Diego county. There was a charge to use the dump/waste facility each visit and more if you had appliances to get rid of. You also paid for residential waste pick up. People didn't want to pay at the site so they would dump their stuff anywhere it was convenient to pull off the road. Made for a heck of a mess.
Before I deposit this stuff I'm calling the sheriff today to talk about it. I'm not the kind of guy that relishes confrontations so I don't want to push it. I thought that when I moved here that things would be different and people would respect the environment more with all the farmers and people that live off the land so to speak. Pretty disappointing but I guess people are the same no matter where you go.
 

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Drumrunner, for my eagle project a good many years ago I cleaned all the trash out of stone creek down here at the bridge near my house. Last week on my way to school there was a beat up 90's model green chevy stopped on the bridge with the tailgate down and a full load of trash. When they saw me they sped up towards the end of the road. I followed them to the end and turned right and in my rear view I saw them turn around and head back towards the bridge so I turned around and road their tailgate all the way back to the other end of the road and they finally drove off. No doubt to dump their trash off of another bridge.
 

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If I find an address I'm calling the Sheriff's dept. Let them handle it and it will be more effective in them not illegally dumping in the future.

The first time they aren't going to do anything more than likely other than make them clean it up but you are on record of having been caught for it before. Chances are, most people, the people we like to give the benefit of the doubt, won't do it again. All some people need is a swift kick to the rear to get them working and thinking properly.
 

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If you watch "The legend of Mick Dodge" you will have seen that he took the trash and left it at the campsite it came from.

And if you watched Mad Men you will have seen a Picinic they had in a very nice location and they just picked up the blanket and flipped everything off and left the crap and took their blanket. Is that how it really was back in the early 60's? I know when I was a kid back then we took our trash away.

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Reality TV is not real.
They pay these people little money to act stupid.
Not Real???..... Next thing your going to tell me is you can't believe everything you read on the internet. Or interweb if you watch Gas Monkey Garage. Or that Chip Foose can't build a car in 7 days.

"In this day and age, acting stupid can get you far. Look at some of the stuff on youtube people watch hundreds of thousands of times." Neilslure

hahahahah

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This morning sometime between 5-5:30 I hit the house where the trash originated and the houses there are in a new development and although not touching each other they are built close like on a city lot. I was prepared to dump the trash and a note of disappointment on their driveway when the guy across the street starts his car...figured that was a sign to make another trip around the block. Being the good neighbor he is he followed me. I stopped and he stopped. Being in a 99 Dodge diesel pick up it's impossible to be in the stealth mode. I ended up wussing out. I took my load of trash and the mail evidence from the bags to the sheriff's office. They had the officer that patrols that area come out and speak to me. He handled the complaint and I handled the trash to the dump. He said he would make an appearance at the residence and discuss it with them. Satisfactory outcome to me. Hopefully they get the messg.
 

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In the end, no matter how bad I would love to scatter that trash all over their yard I don't think it's the right thing to do. Two wrongs certainly don't make a right and dumping it back on their place would've still been dumping. I think you did the right thing by taking it to the authorities. Definitely don't consider it wussing out, rather wising up.
 

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That may depend on the county and the sheriff. Fortunately Johnston saw the need to assign a deputy to answer such complaints. We had one, an older fella that has since retired. Dumping is about all he handled. He was darn good at it too. Johnny on the spot and he would track like a blood hound.

Realize that your deputies know who is doing what and who is into what in your communities. I was never aware how much they knew until a few years ago. I had one I didn't know from Adam approach me at a store about building boats. No doubt my old barn down in the woods had been targeted for surveillance for late night activity that could be illicit in nature. In the summer I can often be found working on a boat at 3am in the woods.

I had another incident since then with somebody being seen poking around. Scoping my shop out. The deputy sat there and amazed me with who it was by a vehicle description, who he ran with, and what his angle was. He went and had a chat with the fella and warned him off.

When you see a deputy parked somewhere along a highway, he aint goofing off. They are watching for a certain vehicle to pass by often times. Tracking movement of the nefarious crowd.
My hats off to deputies. They do a lot more than serve papers.

So they more often than not know what's going on. Eventually they catch em red handed.
So reporting to the sheriff's department about trash dumping only helps them compile information about the less desirables.
 
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