Officials with the Lawrence Scioto Solid Waste Management District were shaking their heads Wednesday morning when they discovered someone had dumped a boat on the side of a road in West Portsmouth as trash. This incident corresponds with someone who took the time to stuff a recycling container full of trash in Portsmouth.
The Lawrence Scioto Solid Waste Management District started a recycling program for the residents of Scioto and Lawrence Counties in 2006. The district has set up recycle bins at locations throughout the county to allow residents the opportunity to recycle.
One of the container sites is Southern Ohio Medical Center, where someone filled the containers with, “mattresses, furniture, clothing, household trash and a little bit of everything,” Dan Palmer, director of the Lawrence Scioto Solid Waste Management, said.
He said whoever did this had to spend considerable time placing it in the containers. Crews had to spend the good part of a morning removing the material from the container. It took five truck loads to completely remove the material.
The district recently changed contractors for its recycling program, which will equate to some change in the system. .
“In August we went out for bids on the recycling, our contract was up with Rumpke,” Palmer said.
He said there were two bids received, one from Rumpke and another from Republic Services.
With the change came new containers, but the signs advising what is acceptable and not acceptable has not arrived.
Palmer asked the community to be patient with the district, until the signs arrive.
It was discovered Wednesday morning, someone had dumped a boat of the side of the road on Careys Run Road in West Portsmouth, as litter.
Palmer said the boat was dumped at a location were tires are typically dumped.
To remove the boat Palmer said, a crew will have to get in there with a chainsaw to cut it into pieces, before it can be removed.
Steve Hileman, environmental officer for the Lawrence Scioto Solid Waste Management District said,”if you’re caught (open dumping), our policy is zero tolerance. If we catch anybody disposing of something that’s not supposed to be in that container, you automatically go to court and face a judge.”
Hileman said for someone caught open dumping they could face between two and four years in prison and a fine between $10,000 and $25,000. Littering in a dumpster could result in someone being charged with a third-degree misdemeanor, 60 days in a county jail and a fine up to $500.
For information about the programs and activities of the Lawrence Scioto Solid Waste Management District visit www.lsswmd.org.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101 ext. 1933 or @WayneAllenPDT on Twitter.