Big Spring Salvation Army Spending Thousand On Illegal Dumping 12/13/13
December 12, 2013
Big Spring, Tx
Nearly every day couches and chairs are dumped on their property. The Salvation Army says the money they are spending to haul trash off is taking away from their services.
They have spent two thousand dollars ridding their property of dirty mattresses and unwanted furniture since October.
"Well typically that money would be used for programs like The Boys And Girls Club and the emergency shelter we have," said Jeremiah Romack, a Lieutenant for the Salvation Army.
They are currently in the process of installing cameras and signs warning against illegal dumping. That will cost them even more money.
"Hopefully that will deter people but like I said, thereís no guarantee," he said.
Code enforcement says they cannot cite people until the signs are posted.
"Once the signs are posted we can step up patrol in the area," said Thomas Hodges of Big Spring Code Enforcement.
The Salvation Army says they also try to monitor their property on off hours, but most of the dumping happens late at night.
"We try but thereís only so much you can do when people are dumping at two or three in the morning," Romack said.
Officials say they donít know if peoples intentions are good or bad, but they hope spreading the word about the financial burden and installing cameras will finally put an end to the problem.
The Salvation Army only accepts donation from 9-5, Monday through Saturday.