(ATLANTIC) Officials with the Cass County Landfill are working with County and City officials to combat illegal dumping in the County.
Wendy Wittrock, Operations Manager of the Cass County Landfill, said there is a lot of illegal dumping going on throughout the entire state, and even though the dumping in Cass County is minimal compared to other places, it’s still a problem.
One concerned citizen presented some pictures to the Cass County Board of Supervisors at their meeting this morning showing evidence of illegal dumping in the area of Great River Road and 635th Street. He said, “There is home waste dumped, there is automotive parts there, there are tires there, there is a remodeling job there. If they can afford to do that, why can they not afford to take it to the dump when they don’t realize that they are already paying for it in their tax dollars to have somebody [a county official] go out and pick it up in the ditch.”
Cass County Sheriff Darby McLaren said deputies have dug through the dumped items several times to find evidence of where it came from.
“John Westering [Chief Deputy] has been out there three or four times digging through it,” said McLaren. “Honestly, the problem is there is evidence from multiple places. It’s hard to figure out how we can find a suspect based on what we’ve seen.
Cass County Supervisor Frank Waters encourages people to get involved in helping catch the people who are doing the dumping. “If they don’t want to give their name, but just get a license number or anything, people can call me, I’ll go out and dig through the trash and see what’s in there.”
Wendy Wittrock said they are working on getting some city ordinances in place and also looking into possibly having camera’s placed throughout the County as well.
“We’ve talked to several different places, Keep Iowa Beautiful, as far as getting cameras. I was at a conference last week and they said to call them direct, they will place a camera without anybody’s knowledge across the County. They will enforce, they will follow through, and they will do something,” said Wittrock. “The illegal dumping task force has talked about the fact that we need to make this a public thing, we need people to understand that there will be penalties associated to this whole thing.
For those who need to dump items and don’t know about the fees, hours or specific information about the Cass County Landfill, you can always visit their website at www.casscountylandfill.com.