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Dumping debate continues in DeSoto County

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HERNANDO, MS (WMC-TV) - Residents in parts of DeSoto County are grappling with a trashy problem.

In DeSoto County, garbage pick up is not mandatory in unincorporated areas, which some say is leading to illegal dumping.    

The DeSoto County Board of Supervisors recently took up the issue after John Blackwell, a 30-year resident of the county, said that dumping trash on roadsides and ditches has become a major problem.

Blackwell says something must be done, one way or another.

"I think they have empathy for this thing and I think they want to get it done," Blackwell said. "To me, the problem is the word 'tax' turns everyone off."

Blackwell added if the county does not make garbage pick up mandatory, they need to provide and outlet for residents to dispose of their trash.

For the county's part, they are in agreement that something should be done, but the difficulty is how to do it without passing along an undue burden to taxpayers.

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