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Trashy troubles lead to cleanup effort

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TIPTON COUNTY, TN (WMC-TV) - A trashy problem in one Mid-South county is leading everyone from residents to jail inmates there to work together to clean up the mess. 

A few old tires along a roadside are just a small portion of the trash collected in Tipton County in just one year!  But the fifty five tons of trash that's already been collected isn't from a landfill - it's all been found in illegal areas like a creek bed. 

"This is a blatant disregard for the laws in Tipton County and for citizens of Tipton County," said Chief Billy Daugherty with the Tipton County Sheriff's Department.

From old furniture to boxes and other debris, it seems there's no end to what people will throw away and where they'll throw it.

"It is a lot easier when no one is looking to dispose of it," said Ruth Wallace with Keep Tipton County Beautiful. "They just think they'll never get caught, but they will eventually."

And if they're caught, litterers could face time in jail.

"Some could spend up to 11 months, 29 days in jail for a typical littering offense," Daugherty said.

"The fines are going to be a lot more money to incur than it will to buy a permit or pay someone to dispose of their trash," Wallace added.

"Just don't care...they're lazy, roll the windows down and throw it out and that's it," said resident Lindbergh Lopez.

Lopez brings his trash to the dump every week. He's glad something's being done about illegal dumping.

"That's wrong --- If I can see them do it, I'll stop it," he continues.

And Lopez and others hope more will be done before the problem gets any worse. 
Illegal dump sites are against the law and Tipton County Sheriff's officials are working to put a stop to it.

If you see illegal dumping taking place in your neighborhood, call the Tipton County Sheriff's tip line at 901-475-3307.

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