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Illegal dumping continues to create health hazards and eyesores in Albany

Illegal dumping has been a long standing crime and health issue in Albany and Dougherty County. Illegal dumping has been a long standing crime and health issue in Albany and Dougherty County.
Old furniture lines Silicia Road on both sides, as well as old car tires. Old furniture lines Silicia Road on both sides, as well as old car tires.
The dumping makes for very real health hazards right in the middle of the city. The dumping makes for very real health hazards right in the middle of the city.
Judy Bowles Judy Bowles
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Albany city officials say illegal dumping continues to be a health hazard, not to mention creating eyesores throughout the community.

Illegal dumping has been a long standing crime and health issue in Albany and Dougherty County.  
Silica Road continues to be one of the worst .

Just take a look, and you can see why Officials say Silica Drive in East Albany continues to be one of the worst longtime illegal dump sites in the city. In just a few yards there are the remains of items from several businesses and individuals, including several tires.

"It's probably a small tire dealer, said Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful Executive Director Judy Bowles. "Then you've got your household garbage there. You've got your roofing stuff here. And you've got your shrubs there. So we've had some of all walks of life that have come in here, citizens, and dumped their garbage in this area."

Old furniture lines Silicia Road on both sides, as well as old car tires. Even remains of dead animals were found in garbage bags. Bowles said those make for very real health hazards right in the middle of the city.

 "You are going to find snakes and rats in them, and you are going to find mosquitoes," said Bowles. "Then you go to the West Nile virus with the mosquitoes. So it's not only unsightly but it's a health hazard."

Officials say most of the dirt roads in Dougherty County have some illegal dumping problems, and cleaning up these dump sites costs every Dougherty County citizen in tax money.  They also can't understand why the dumping is so prevalent, because the landfill cost is free to most people.

"If you've got something that you want to get rid of, you've loaded it in your vehicle.," said Bowles. "If you take it to the landfill, and have a Dougherty County tag, they'll let you take 250 pounds a day at no charge."

Of course, if you are caught illegally dumping along SIlica Road, you could be jailed, fined, and forced to do community service.

City officials say littering in Albany is down, but illegal dumping continues to be an ongoing crime and health issue. 

They say if you see someone illegally dumping, try to get a tag number and report it to 3-1-1 or CRIMESTOPPERS.       

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