Wednesday, March 10, 1999

Kenton targets illegal dumping

Cleanup plan to get $3,500 this spring

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        INDEPENDENCE — In an effort to stop illegal dumping, Kenton County officials want to publicize the county's worst offenders, and promote local participation in a statewide cleanup later this month.

        On Tuesday, Kenton Fiscal Court agreed to spend up to $3,500 to cover the costs of Dumpsters and the removal of large appliances for the Kenton County Spring Clean Up March 26 and 27.

        Kenton County will co-sponsor the cleanup weekend with Boone and Campbell counties during Common wealth Clean Up Week.

        The effort is needed to rid Northern Kentucky of some of the 36 illegal dumps in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties, said Rob Lawrenson, an environmental technologist chief with Kentucky's Division on Waste Management.

        While many of Kenton County's dumps are small, and may have only a couple of tires or a small amount of garbage, fiscal court members said any illegal dumps are too many.

        “I think this is a golden opportunity to clean up some of these sites,” said Kenton County Commissioner Dan Humpert.

        Commissioner Barb Black also called for publicizing Kenton County's dump sites, in an effort to shame owners into cleaning them up. She suggested the county publish weekly photos of its worst eyesores.

        Rob Owens, Kenton County's solid waste coordinator, said he will discuss how to publicize illegal dumps when Northern Kentucky's solid waste coordinators hold their quarterly meeting today.

        “I want to get ideas from them, and talk about ways we can bring attention to our (cleanup) efforts,” Mr. Owens said. He added that possibilities include focusing on problem areas through newspaper articles and announcements on public access TV.

        “Whatever we do will be a joint decision (of the three counties,)” Mr. Owens said.

        Last year, Kenton County workers cleaned up about 30 to 40 illegal dump sites, Mr. Owens said.

        “Very few of them were what I consider to be major,” Mr. Owens said. “Some were just a few tires, or garbage. In some cases, we picked up refrigerators and couches and things like that. There were probably five or 10 major ones.”

        Mr. Owens said Northern Kentucky's solid waste coordinators also will discuss sponsoring an amnesty program in late summer for waste tires.

        Through the tire amnesty program, any Northern Kentucky property owner with waste tires will be able to drop them off at prearranged locations, and be exempt from paying a state fee for each tire, Mr. Owens said.

        Property owners with large amounts of waste tires that are accessible also may be able to arrange for contractors to pick them up through the program, Mr. Lawrenson said.


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