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Task Force To Address Trash Problem in Delaware, Sussex County

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Trash covers the roadway on Steiner Road in Georgetown (Source: WBOC) Trash covers the roadway on Steiner Road in Georgetown (Source: WBOC)

MILLSBORO, Del. - For neighbors who live along Delaware's back roads, there is little doubt that trash is a relentless problem. That includes Tim Abbott, who lives off of Steiner Road in Georgetown, a hotbed for illegal dumping. 

"The most irresponsible act you can do," he said. "Is throw your trash on the right-of-way. And then drive off and leave it for someone else to pick it up." 

Now to address concerns like these, lawmakers are getting involved to try and curb the littering and dumping. The Delaware House voted on a resolution to create the Delaware Anti-dumping and Anti-littering Task Force. That group would bring state and county leaders together to try and solve the problem.

Rep. Rich Collins was the prime sponsor for the bill. 

"I've lived in Sussex County pretty much my whole life," he said. "And I'm going to live here for the rest of my life. And I'd just rather have a beautiful environment than one full of trash."

Collins joined WBOC on Doc Frame Road in Millsboro Monday morning, where there was the same problem. Countless pieces of debris and garbage lined the roadway. 

"One of my biggest concerns is its impacts on tourism," he said. "I just feel like so many people coming from other states that don't have as much trash on the road ways - I just wonder what they're thinking as they're driving over here. We're the First State. I'd like to be the cleanest state too." 

Now that the resolution passed in the house, it will need a Senate resolution as well. If all goes according to plan, Collins said that the task force would have recommendations by September. 

Collins also said that he is trying to start a local chapter of "Keep America Beautiful," a group that tries and curb littering. 

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