Trash dumping on rural Jackson County roads is becoming a huge problem. It's become such an issue that a group of citizens is asking county commissioners for help, but the problem may get bigger before help arrives.
After years and years of illegal dumping, the sinkhole looks more like a landfill.
Gail Wesson, a Jackson County resident, says, "It's a real shame. It makes you sick to your stomach because if it's in a sink hole, you know that your drinking water is contaminated."
The illegal dumpsite on Sylvania Plantation Road is just one of dozens around the county.
Carl Wesson, a Jackson County resident, says, "There used to be a sign up here that said no dumping, but it continues to be a dump for people that have no pride in our county."
County officials are aware of the issue, but with no local ordinances against dumping, enforcement is a problem.
Dr. Willie Spires, Jackson County Com. Dist. 3, says, "I hate to be pessimistic, but I'm afraid that this type of problem will always exist. We may be able to curtail or decrease the incidents, but I don't think it will ever be completely eradicated."
This countywide dumping problem goes beyond old refrigerators and beer bottles. It's not unusual to see butchered deer carcasses along these rural roads this time of year.
"They kill the doe deer out of season, cut off the prime cuts and throw out the rest of it here."
Carl Wesson is recommending a mandatory garbage pick-up ordinance as one way to solve this problem. County commissioners are expected to discuss some sort of solution at the next board meeting next month.