Trashy Situation Leaves Unanswered Problems

MAY 4, 2006 -- POSTED AT 10:00 P.M. CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- Litter along the side of roads is an on-going problem, but that problem only gets worse, when the people who are supposed to be clearing the litter leave more behind.

Sherry Turman owns a business and lives along highway one. Her big complaint is the trash that is left along the highway from the trucks driving to the county landfill.

"Trash just blows out of the trucks all the time. They say they have to be tarped, and they usually are tarped, but they're trapped in the middle and the sides and back are just flying and the trash is blowing out everywhere," says Sherry Turman, owner of Jonesboro Warehousing along Highway One.

She claims they've picked up all kinds of trash.

"We've had medical waste that we've picked up in front of the warehouse. It had needles and stuff in it. We went down today and it had medical waste in it, but it wasn't anything like that, but you could tell it was from a doctor's office, hospital, or nursing home," Turman.

She said they've tried to get something done about it, but so far no answers.

"It just bothers you when you call and they tell you there's nothing they can do. Even though they're the ones in charge, they don't have any authority over the trash blowing out," says Turman.

We caught up with the county waste disposal authority today to find out why nothing was being done.

"We don't really have control over that. They are private companies that haul the material out there. It's not out of our trucks, it's out of private company trucks," says Guy Enchelmayer, the Executive Director of Craighead County Solid Waste Disposal Authority.

So who is responsible for the trash? Waste Disposal Authority told us there are 300 licensed waste haulers in Craighead County . They all know the regulations, but apparently someone's not following the rules.

"There's not a law that says they have to tarp the trucks. There is a law that says they can't litter the road, so they can't illegally dump things along the side of the road and that just needs to be enforced. We're not an enforcement agency, but we try to work closely with everybody," says Enchelmayer.

Turman says she's contacted the state police, as she was directed. They took the information and for now the problem still remains.