County Residents Fight Against Roadway Litter

Some East Texans say the natural beauty of our area is literally being covered by filth. But as more people dump their waste on county roads, law enforcement agencies and county residents are gearing up to stop them.

Laura and Dave Post called the Smith County Sheriff's office after a truck dumped construction supplies near their home earlier this week.

"More trash is being deposited along Mackey road, and you know it's becoming a concern because there really isn't anyone to clean it up," said Laura Post.

Investigator Danny Brasher, with Tyler's environmental control office, has a job few people know about. He spends his time tracking trash back to its original owners.

Brasher digs through garbage piles, looking for clues that will link the waste to its owner. Once he finds three items with the same person's name on them, he then has enough evidence to write them a citation.

Nowadays a person can be arrested for illegally dumping over five pounds of trash. Anything over 100 pounds qualifies as a class A misdemeanor.

Even still, Brasher feels more environmental control officers are needed, and says it's hard to enforce a crime that few people witness.

The Smith County Sheriff's Office is also planning to help clean up the county. The office will announce a program next week that deals with just this issue.