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Environmental advocates ready to combat illegal dumping in Albany

This is some of the garbage that lines the sides of Silica Drive in East Albany (Source:WALB) This is some of the garbage that lines the sides of Silica Drive in East Albany (Source:WALB)
Judy Bowles, Executive Director for Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful (Source:WALB) Judy Bowles, Executive Director for Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful (Source:WALB)
Bowles said residents need to take their unwanted materials to the Dougherty Co. lanfill (Source:WALB) Bowles said residents need to take their unwanted materials to the Dougherty Co. lanfill (Source:WALB)
Gates will be put at both ends of Silica Drive (Source:WALB) Gates will be put at both ends of Silica Drive (Source:WALB)
For years, people have been illegally dumping their trash along Silica Drive (Source:WALB) For years, people have been illegally dumping their trash along Silica Drive (Source:WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The City of Albany is hoping to put a stop to illegal dumping by constructing gates along Silica Drive.

For years, the road has been a popular spot for people to dispose of their trash.

Judy Bowles the Executive Director for Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful has a warning for those who plan to take their illegal dumping somewhere else.

“It’s heartbreaking to come out and look at something like this,” Bowles said as she walked along Silica Drive Tuesday.

“There’s probably 100 tires out here right now, there are pallets, furniture, mattresses,” Bowles added.

For decades, Bowles and City Commissioner Jon Howard have worked to put a stop to the problem.

“I can’t tell you how excited [we] are that it will be closed,” Bowles told WALB News 10.

Last week, city leaders gave the green light for work to begin along the road. This week, crews will construct gates at both ends of Silica Drive shutting down public access.

“This will be an area that we will not come back to for illegal dumping,” Bowles said.

Once the gates are up, Bowles hopes people will properly dispose of their trash at the Dougherty Co. landfill located near Fleming Road.

If you’re caught illegally dumping your trash, you could be forced to pay a $1000 fine, serve possible jail time, and may even be sentenced to clean part of the area.

“The judge has the opportunity to force you to clean up within one mile of the area where you dumped your material,” Bowles said

She wants the littering to stop, because it affects the reputation of Albany and its residents.

“How we look is a reflection of everyone one us that lives in this community and we need to have more pride than this,” Bowles said.

The county’s landfill operates from Monday through Saturday. Dougherty Co. residents can dump up to 250 pounds of trash a day. 

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