Long Lines Hit The Odessa Regional Landfill 9/18/13
CBS 7 News
September 18, 2013
ECTOR COUNTY-You don't have to pay for it, at least if you don't get caught, but if you get caught it costs you quite heavy, said Ector County Environmental Enforcement Officer Ted Yelley.
The regional landfill might be the last place you'd expect traffic--but officials say long waits at the Charter Waste Landfill are leading to illegal dumping.
From pools of hazardous waste to trash piled high across Odessa and the county, illegal dumping is rampant.
"We're trying to cleanup the community, it causes disease, brings in rodents, devalues property, Yelley said.
The wait times at the landfill are partly to blame.
"I've heard people waiting 3 to 3 and a half hours to get through the landfill," Yelley said.
A long-term solution is in the works -- officials want to build a transfer station that could take in items.
"It would reduce the time spent waiting at the landfill, because it would be in a separate location where they can drop off materials, Yelley said.
Meanwhile the West Odessa Cleanup efforts are picking up the slack with an Oct. 12th cleanup.
"If they're not willing to wait at the landfill, then it's even more important for us to go behind them and cleanup, otherwise this stuff is getting thrown all over West Odessa, said Cleanup Organizer Cody Young.
No word yet on how much a temporary relief station would cost. Yelley said TECQ approval would be necessary to move forward.
Yelley says those who violate dumping regulations face fines of $250 to tens of thousands of dollars.
For information on the scheduled cleanup day, contact Cody Young at 432-381-0880.