It is really amazing to witness someone littering. While we know that someone must be doing it, it’s still shocking to actually see it happen. And, it’s also hard to know quite what to do.

Putting a stop to littering and dumping will require help from Shoals citizens. You can make a difference – by setting an example and by reporting littering and dumping when you see it.

If you are near the person, you could simply say, “Excuse me, I think you dropped something.” And direct them to the nearest trash can.

If you are driving, and witness someone throw something or litter coming from an unsecured truck-bed, here’s what you can do:
1) Get their tag number
2) Note the location and time of the incident.
3) Call the local police department as soon as possible. Local numbers are listed below.
It’s always a good idea to have local police telephone numbers programmed into your cell phone, and you can use that information to report the incident immediately.

Littering is a crime. Fines and other punative measures vary by local municipality. Litters face fines ranging from $250-$500, and/or 30-60 days in jail. Convicted litterers can also be order to clean up a littered area in the community. Litter laws can be enforced on both public and private property.

Florence Police Department
256-760-6500

Muscle Shoals Police Department
256-383-6746

Sheffield Police Department
256-383-1771

Tuscumbia Police Department
256-383-3121

Colbert County – Sheriff’s Office
256-383-0741

Lauderdale County – Sheriff’s Office
256-760-5757

 

If you are aware of an illegal dump site, and/or witness someone dumping, especially hazardous materials, contact one of the following offices immediately, depending on the location:

Colbert County Health Department
1000 South Jackson Highway, Sheffield
256-383-1231
Danny Allison

Lauderdale County Health Department
4112 Chisholm Road, Florence
256-764-7453

Lauderdale County Solid Waste Department
256-760-5878

ADEM (Alabama Department of Environmental Management)
1400 Coliseum Boulevard
Montgomery, AL 36110
334-271-7700

(ADEM also enforces Alabama’s Scrap Tire Law)

E.P.A. (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) Regional Office
REGION 4 – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
61 Forsyth Street, S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303-3104
404-562-9900

Remember, you can make a difference! Please report illegal trash dump sites as early as possible. Once uncaring people see trash “dumped” in one particular area, they tend to start bringing their trash to the same site.