Pueblo County fighting back against illegal dumping

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PUEBLO, Colo. — Officials are fighting back against those who illegally dump their trash in Pueblo County.

One county commissioner said the problem came to their attention more than a year ago, and he said it’s grown out of control, with trash and litter everywhere.

A Trash Task Force has been started to combat the mess. The county has also set up cameras on utility poles, to catch anyone who dumps their trash and have evidence to prosecute them.

“There have been numerous instances where illegal dumping is happening on private residences and commercial property. We have seen general plastic and vehicles, you name it, including some hazardous waste materials that pose a hazard to the environment,” Pueblo County Commissioner District 2 Garrison Ortiz said.

The Trash Task Force will also patrol areas where trash is often dumped, hoping to catch people in the act.

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