TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Jason Snow from Frenchtown in Tallahassee lives only a few hundred feet from a sign that says “No Dumping by Order of Police.” Under it—tires, trash bags, and buckets of unknown fluids.
“It’s definitely an eye-sore. Every time I drive by it, I’m like, yeah, well, there it is. Somebody decided to dump their trash right where it says do not dump,” said Snow. “For the most part, it’s the small stuff that people are just throwing there for no reason. You know, it’s disturbing that it’s so easy to throw away your trash, and people are just throwing it right there.”
While illegal dumping and littering continue to happen in this Tallahassee neighborhood — Anna Hopkins with Keep Tallahassee Beautiful said they’re doing their part to clean up different parts of the city by focusing on random trash like this in smaller quantities.
Hopkins added that volunteers across the city helped pick up trash from Lake Jackson—all the way to Tallahassee’s southside in their annual City-Wide Clean Sweep.
“With 35 groups cleaning up, we estimate we’re going to have several, several, pounds of trash coming off the streets, which is great,” Hopkins said.
Early reports say that 700 pounds were picked up off the St. Marks Trail alone.
“It can be harmful to wildlife, they can get into our waterways, even if it’s just trash that blows off of trucks, that also can be very harmful,” Hopkins said.
However, Hopkins added that the work to keep Tallahassee clean and beautiful is far from done.
“So we’re excited to keep going strong into the future and connecting more with our community and beautifying the city,” Hopkins said.