AUSTIN (KXAN) — There’s a new crackdown on people who illegally dump trash on the side of the road.
Travis County Sheriff’s deputies say it’s plaguing rural areas all across the county, and people in one North Travis County neighborhood are fed up with people throwing down their trash.
“We wake up and find out there’s couches or beds dumped in your front yard,” said Danny Allen, who has lived out on Yager Lane his whole life. “Most of the time it’s late at night and you can hear the trucks come in.”
Authorities are now looking for a man caught on camera dumping a load of trash on Allen’s street back in January.
“In fact the trash in the bed of the truck in the picture was found on the side of the road,” said Roger Wade with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office.
Every year deputies handle between 200 and 300 illegal dumping cases.
But the trash is more than just an eyesore.
“If it’s trash it attracts vermin,” Wade said. “In the case of a fire, it’s a fuel for the fire.”
Last year The Travis County Sheriff’s Office made more than 50 arrests for illegal dumping. If caught, violators could face up to a $4,000 fine and up to year in jail.
“It affects the school buses sometimes,” Allen added. “They’ll drop a couch in the street and the school bus will have to turn around and take a different route.”
Illegal dumpers take their trash to places like Yager Lane to avoid paying disposal fees, police say.
“Dispose of it properly,” Wade said, “it will cost you less in the long run.”