San Juan County works to clean up illegal dumps

Updated: 08/25/2014 5:16 PM | Created: 08/25/2014 4:29 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Piles of trash dot the New Mexico landscape. In San Juan County, only 6% of land is privately owned, leading to a lot of open space that is targeted by dumpers.

"Illegal dumping is a bad deal," Said Kim Carpenter, CEO of San Juan County.

Mattresses, couches, cans and bottles…there is no limit to the things people will dump illegally.

Monday, using big machinery, San Juan County crews started to tackle the trash in one spot just south of Farmington.

"We have to remediate the problems that we have had to avoid a buildup that becomes even more expensive," Carpenter said.

The site today is a 100+ yard long ravine, about 25 feet deep, with one end that has been filled by trash.

Carpenter says it's important for people to call right away anytime they see something like this.

"We pull inmates out of the jail to clean up a good portion of it." he said.

Monday, the county received help from inmates at the San Juan County Detention Center.

"It is a big deal, and a priority to keep our county as clean and beautiful as possible."

One of the few families living in the area told KOB the dumping has been going for far too long and they are glad to see it cleaned up.

"Instead of looking at it, clean it up. Let's get it cleaned up," said Carpenter.

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