An illegal dump site in Belmont County had everything from fast food bags to couches and chairs strewn all over it. Officials from the county health department say people don’t realize how serious a crime that is.
It is punishable by one to five hundred dollars in fines, and six to nine months behind bars. At the site on Kilgore Road, dumping is a recurring problem.
“Our office received a complaint regarding garbage being dumped on Kilgore Road,” said Rich Lucas of the Belmont County Health Department. “There was tons of trash and tires removed by Marietta Coal Company who actually own the property. After they got it all cleaned up they actually found more trash and contacted our office and we forwarded the information to the sheriff’s department due to the investigation on the illegal dumping.”
They actually found clues to the dumper’s identity among the trash they left. They are working with the sheriff’s department and they say charges will be filed.
Rich Lucas says if you have trash to get rid of, you need to take it to the Apex transfer station on Route 214 or hire a registered trash hauler. The health department can provide you with a list of registered trash haulers in the area.