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Illegal Dumping Problem on Undeveloped Roads in Wicomico County

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Carpet scraps on N. West Road. (Photo: WBOC) Carpet scraps on N. West Road. (Photo: WBOC)

WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. - Wicomico County has not opened up a new dump but some people have not gotten the message.  Some undeveloped roadways, including a cul-de-sac just off Naylor Mill Road, have become personal trash sites for some people.

Right near the farm where a proposed mega chicken farm would be built in Wicomico County, N. West Road forms into a cul-de-sac just off of Route 50. There are no homes or businesses on this small stretch of road.  But there is enough trash back there to make you believe someone, or many people, have been visiting that road for quite some time.

By taking a drive down this short street, you will find rotting deer carcasses on the left, roofing and shingles on the right, and more deer pieces, a television, and carpeting in the cul-de-sac.  All of that coupled with the other random pieces of trash and tires littering the street.

In some other dumping situations, the dumpers sometimes make it easy for police.

"A lot of times, it's bags of trash and believe it or not, we've found bills, receipts, stuff with people's names on it," said Lt. Tim Robinson of the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office.

The situation on N. West Road is a little different.  None of the trash or debris appear to have anyone's names on it.  And the situation is even worse because somebody else is going to have to clean it all up.  That road was recently annexed into the City of Salisbury.  The owners of that land will soon be getting a letter from the city's Code Compliance office to clean up the mess.  Someone is going to have to remove a metal basin filled with rain water and rotting deer because somebody didn't want to dispose of things correctly.  

And all of this dumping is on a road that in reality, nobody should even be driving on.

"To be honest, people really have no reason to be back there," Robinson said.  It's a road that goes nowhere and our deputies do routinely check it when they're on patrol."

Officials with the City of Salisbury tell WBOC crews from the city's public works department are responsible for removing any trash or debris from the roadway. Those officials said public works has been on that road "too many times to count."  But the problem persists and will continue to be an issue as long as some people in Wicomico County prefer to throw their trash on a street rather than take it to the dump.

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