Baldwin County pursues illegal dumping in Central Baldwin

By Cliff McCollum
Posted 12/26/16

County officials are looking into illegal dumping involving several dozen bundles of newspapers, after a Baldwin County resident found them dumped off the right-of-way along Old Brady …

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Baldwin County pursues illegal dumping in Central Baldwin

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County officials are looking into illegal dumping involving several dozen bundles of newspapers, after a Baldwin County resident found them dumped off the right-of-way along Old Brady Road.

Summerdale resident Tommy Pate said he found the bundles weeks ago and has been attempting to contact the Mobile Press Register to try to get them cleaned up.

“Some of them still are wrapped in plastic,” Pate said. “It’s just not right that someone is dumping all of this trash out here like that.”

Pate posted his findings on a Facebook page called Keep Baldwin County Beautiful Recycling, where it came to the attention of Baldwin County Commissioner Tucker Dorsey.

Dorsey asked the county’s Solid Waste department to look into the matter, and he said the department found the illegal dump site earlier this week.

Dorsey said the county will be pursuing an investigation into the matter.

“Solid Waste has opened an investigation into this matter and is working with the Press Register’s circulation department to get to the bottom of the matter,” Dorsey said.

Dorsey said he also sees the Press Register’s advertising mailer that’s thrown in driveways weekly as a potential environmental issue.

“They just throw them out on the road and they get into our storm drains or just become more litter that we have to pick up,” Dorsey said. “I don’t see how it benefits advertisers to have their product associated with a nuisance that’s being thrown into yards across this county.”

Dorsey said this incident is just one of many involving illegal dumping across the county, and it’s an issue he’s continued to speak out about.

“We feel strongly against anyone littering our home, Baldwin County,” Dorsey said. “We investigate every illegal dump and pursue remedies and fines when we catch an offender. It’s not okay to dump your trash on the road here, ever.”

Calls to the Press Register’s circulation department and their advertising department about the accuracy of their circulation numbers were not returned by press deadline.