Trashy Tri-State roadsides

Tri-State residents have had it with litter throughout the area.

We've heard from several of you who've complained about trash lying along streets and roads, even in parks and yards.

KHQA's Rajah Maples spoke with one Adams County resident who's disheartened by what she sees everyday.

She also spoke with Quincy's city engineer about what you can do about it.

Rhonda Vance lives in Adams County and travels 7 miles to and from work in Quincy everyday.

She says she's disgusted by what she sees during those trips.

"There's just litter everywhere, the whole route. It's not just Quincy, it's the whole area. If I didn't know the communities in this area better and know that they are fantastic communities, I would be wondering what it is I'm driving into. What type of area is this? It's a very bad reflection on Adams County," said Vance

KHQA asked her if she's seen an increase in litter.

"Definitely. I've seen a big increase. I noticed it a bit last year, but I did see people out picking up trash. I think it's getting overwhelming for a couple of organizations to do. It needs more people involved in picking up and maybe enforcing the no littering laws," Vance answered. "I would be out walking, it's good exercise, picking up trash and putting in bags, but I don't know what to do with it. There's so much of it. I'm not going to haul it in my car back to my house. It's trash."

One resident wrote in, "The trash along 104 is deplorable. At the turn from 104 onto Burton Rd there is even a mattress set lying along the side. State street out the same distance is terrible. These items did not blow in the wind--it was dumped which is common out this way."

We asked Quincy City Engineer Jeff Steinkamp if he's seen an increase in littering.

"I don't think we've seen anything much different than in years past. Here, it's spring time, people are cleaning up, and so I think hopefully residents will be respectful and keep the city on the cleaner side. We have our own schedule, a brush truck that goes around about four times per year in each section of the city. Different parts of the city are worse than others. If people see a problem in a certain area, just call central services, and we'll be glad to come out with a crew and clean things up if we can," Steinkamp said.

Steinkamp said the recent blizzard may have had an effect on what you're seeing these days. That litter might have been piled up in the snow plow and has gathered in certain places now that the snow has melted.

But with city and county budgets in a pinch, both Steinkamp and Vance ask area residents to do their part by not littering.


Original Story:

Nice spring-like weather has hit the Tri-States, but still, some locals are not happy.

It seems as though litter bugs have taken over. Cigarette butts, fast-food wrappers, bottles ... you name it, we see it on the side of the road.

Some of our Facebook fans are even saying that they see people dumping whole trash bags.

We've spoken with Marissa Brown-Ellison, with the Missouri Department of Transportation, about roadside maintenance in Missouri.

She said that although Missouri has an Adopt-A-Highway Program, MoDOT has had to remove some volunteers from their adopted roadways when they were unable to maintain them. In that case, work-release programs were utilized on those stretches.

Are we just noticing the quantity of litter because we were under snow for so long that it's obvious to the eye now? Take our poll and leave your comments below or voice your concern on our Facebook page by clicking here.

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