Sheriff kicks off litter clean-up campaign

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Wayne County Sheriff Larry Pierce has announced the kick-off on an anti-litter campaign aimed at ridding the county of roadside trash and bringing about fines to convicted violators.

The Stop the Trash campaign is effective immediately and is a joint operation between the sheriff’s office and the Wayne County Code Enforcement office.

Sheriff Pierce said his office has received “numerous complaints about trash alongside roadways in our county.”

He said there has also been a recent increase in calls about trucks and/or trailers used to haul trash traveling on our roads with trash blowing out of the vehicle/trailer.

“Effective immediately, the sheriff’s office, along with Wayne County Code Enforcement Officer Jeff Sparrow, will strictly enforce the laws and ordinances relating to littering and failure to secure loads of waste material being transported along the streets and roads of Wayne County,” said Sheriff Pierce.

He said citations will be issued for any violations witnessed by deputies or the code enforcement officer.

Sheriff Pierce urges everyone to take the time to secure and adequately cover all trash/waste material before traveling to any of the county’s convenience centers or to the solid waste landfill.

He is also asking for public assistance in tracking down violators.

“If you witness any illegal act, please call 911 and report the crime. Provide as much identifying information on the violation as you can — description of the vehicle, tag number if you can obtain it, where you saw the violation, and the direction of travel,” said the sheriff.

He further said if you encounter any trash that has been illegally dumped contact Code Enforcement Officer Sparrow at 919-689-2994 or the sheriff’s office.

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