Residents upset neighborhood is full of trash

January 30, 2012 7:35:43 PM PST
Several Harnett County residents said they are fed up with people, particularly drivers, dumping trash along nearby roads.

The residents live along Cameron Hill and Gilchrist Roads, near the Johnsville community.

Neighbors said the problem is steadily increasing in western Harnett County and includes more than just roadside litter. They said some properties have become mini dumping grounds for all kinds of trash.

Old tires, broken bottles, food, and household items have all been dumped in the area.

Area resident Mitchell Bullands said he and his neighbors clean up their road several times a month.

"Sometimes you get people who throw whole bags of trash off the back of their trucks and sometimes couches, once in a while, furniture out of a house," said Bullands.

Bullard said it is disappointing and discouraging.

Mark Van Winkle has lived in the area since 2005. He said he talked with state and local officials, but said so far, no one has done anything.

"The county folks that live out here, they have got to see it," said Van Winkle. "I'm surprised that it has to get so bad before any action is taken."

Van Winkle suggested someone at the county or state level needs to be responsible for cleaning up the trash.

Garner Gilchrist said someone needs to go after whoever is dumping the trash.

"Give them a rake and a bag and let them clean so much of the highway," said Gilchrist.

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