January 20, 2005 – Posted at 4:45 p.m. CST
CRAIGHEAD COUNTY – Arkansas legislators have approved a bill that's cracking down on illegal dumping. The House Public Health, Welfare and Labor committee have expanded the powers of control officers to include enforcement of the state's Litter Control Act.
Craighead County Judge Dale Haas said, “We constantly are cleaning up dump sites, it's a never ending process.”
The county has a landfill, but some folks just can't figure out how to use it.
“I would say illegal dumping is a major problem here. We get about two or three calls a week,” said Sheriff Jack McCann.
Craighead County doesn't have a code enforcement officer to report incidences of illegal dumping, and that leaves the sheriff's department to deal with the mess.
“The sheriff has the power of arrest. If he can discover or find out who is illegal dumping, I’ll assure that person that we'll arrest them,” said Judge Haas, “We won't tolerate that kind of behavior.”
If you're caught dumping in Craighead County, sheriff McCann says you can face stiff fines and even jail time, "The minimum is $100 up to $1,000.”
And for only $26 dollars, you can dump a ton of trash... literally
“I think they ought to be put in jail. I would like to see when we do catch them, the local judges would publicly pick up paper, shame them. The penalty can't be stiff enough for it,” said Judge Haas.