A recent dump site near Hub Butte south of Twin Falls comes with a projected $30,000 price tag to clean up. “We all love our public lands in Twin Falls County – these lands provide beauty, joy and entertainment,” says Twin Falls County Sheriff Tom Carter. “It’s a shame when the cost to clean up these irresponsible waste sites takes away from other higher priority projects.”
In addition to being an eyesore, these dump sites also impact wildlife and their habitat. “We have seen instances where elk, deer and waterfowl have become entangled in household refuse that belongs at one of the county transfer stations. Unfortunately, our wildlife is paying the price,” said Kelton Hatch, Idaho Department of Fish and Game.
For more information about where to appropriately dispose of household waste, or to recycle vehicle batteries or appliances, please visit Southern Idaho Solid Waste (SISW) at www.sisw.org or call SISW Director Josh Bartlome at 208-432-9082.
Littering on public or private property is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months imprisonment and/or a fine up to $1000, with the possibility of eight to 40 hours of litter cleanup. If you see someone dumping trash or discover a dump site on public land, call SIRCOMM at 208-735-1911 or BLM Law Enforcement at 208-735-4600. Remember, keep it clean, keep it safe, keep it open!