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Hancock County cracking down on litter

Published: Mar. 17, 2016 at 9:13 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 27, 2016 at 9:41 PM CDT
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HANCOCK CO., KY (WFIE) - The Hancock Fiscal Court is cracking down on litter bugs.

Judge Executive Jack McCaslin says it has been a problem for years on Highway 60 and the cleanup is costing tax payers thousands.

McCaslin says sometimes people from around the region hauling trash on their way to the transfer station in Lewisport are not tying down their load or keeping it covered. As they travel along Highway 60 between Lewisport and Hawesville, everything from garbage bags to cardboard boxes are being spilled along the road and left.

McCaslin says the county spends more than $15,000 each year cleaning up the mess. Now, the court is cracking down.

The Hancock County Fiscal Court passed an ordinance that requires loads to be properly covered and a constable is at the entrance station of the transfer station telling people about the new rules and giving verbal warnings.

"It's almost embarrassing to have people come through our county and look at all the litter. Highway 60 is our main thoroughfare through here and we've been fighting litter for years and we've been spending a lot of money to get it cleaned up," said Jack McCaslin, Hancock County Judge Executive.

Judge McCaslin says a fine for a violator could range between $50 to $500.

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