Lafayette County residents push anti-litter efforts

county_lafayette_greenBy Errol Castens

Daily Journal

OXFORD – Lafayette County residents asked the Board of Supervisors for help fighting trash that seems to be a growing problem countywide.

Donovan Lyons addressed the board on behalf of 10 people who attended Monday’s meeting and more than 100 others who have signed on to a Facebook page, “Keep Oxford and Lafayette County Litter Free,” in support of it.

The group asserts the “broken-window theory” regarding trash control and crime.

“A clean community is a safe community,” it stated in a press release. “The cleaner the community the less comfortable criminals feel committing crimes there.”

Lyons asked supervisors to fund a proposal for three full-time workers to pick up litter. He also argued for county action against homeowners whose dilapidated structures and littered premises affect neighbors.

“When you start affecting the property value of other people around you, you’re taking money out of their pockets,” he said.

Lyons also asked that the county buy lift-capable containers for trash customers to avoid the torn bags and strewn trash seen in front of many homes.

“Containers provided to people in the county could offer up the chance for (mechanical) trash removal instead of having three men on the back of a county truck,” Lyons said. It saves the county money in the long run and cleans up the community.”

Solid Waste Superintendent Bobby Jones said such a switch would cost about $1.5 million.

“We’d have to go up substantially on solid waste collection fees,” he said.

Board President Jeff Busby said the biggest litter problem is people throwing trash out of moving vehicles.

“Until the citizens of Lafayette County decide they’re not going to throw litter out, we’re fooling ourselves if we think we can keep it litter-free,” he said. “It’s going to take a lot more than the people sitting in this room to accomplish that.”

errol.castens@journalinc.com