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Clean up your own trash or face this man

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Sheila Hatfield
The Ellis County Press
ENNIS - Although Constable Bill Woody, precinct 1, said tracking down trash-dumping offenders in Ellis County has always been a priority with him, he now plans to launch an even bigger effort by trying to enlist the help of residents throughout the county.

Woody is distributing round, bright-yellow stickers with bold, black letters announcing, 'Stop illegal dumping in Ellis County. If you see it, report it!'

He said he is counting on citizens who think, as he does, that Ellis County is a beautiful county and needs to be kept clean.

'I'm pleading for help - be my eyes and ears, report illegal dumping,' said Woody.

Woody said he was born and raised in the country in Ellis County and his dad hated it when people dumped trash near their home.

'I've seen him pick up all the trash, dump it back in the yard it came from and say ‘how do you like it,'' said Woody.

The worst cases are those who get paid to clean out someone's garage, and then dump everything out on a country road, instead of paying the landfill fees, he said.

'Fifty percent of the illegal dumping is when someone is cleaning out houses after or before someone moves in, and spring or fall cleanups,' said Woody.

He said anything under 15 pounds is a Class C misdemeanor, over 15 pounds is a Class B and more than 500 pounds is a Class A. Fines could be anywhere from $50 to $500.

After Woody's investigation turns up an offender's name, he writes up a ticket and turns it over to a judge. If the offenders clean up the trash, and start bringing Woody receipts from a certified landfill they can many times get a reduction of the fine.

Citizens who have information about illegal dumping or would like to help can call Constable Bill Woody at 972-878-2512.

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