AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) – Littering is just not solely an eyesore and dangerous for the atmosphere, however it might additionally create issues for farmers.
Clay Trainum, of Autumn Olive Farms within the Waynesboro space, says he has to take care of the impacts of littering a number of occasions a 12 months.
He’s had invasive vegetation develop on his timber, which have killed them.
“The opposite problem is bio-hazard stuff. Folks operating meth homes, and so they’re searching for locations to dump their waste that doesn’t draw consideration, and that’s extremely harmful,” Trainum mentioned.
He provides that folks have dumped animal carcass, attracting predators to his farm, which will be detrimental to his livestock.
“We increase food-grade merchandise, so we’re attempting to be very cautious with our animals and livestock in addition to the bottom they’re on so it’s an actual major problem in Augusta County,” Trainum mentioned.
A new law going into effect on July 1 will double the minimal tremendous for unlawful dumping from $250 to $500, and the the utmost tremendous might be as much as $2,500. Violators might additionally resist a 12 months in jail or 10 hours of neighborhood service.
Trainum says he’s had to spend so much of his time selecting up trash and coping with the invasive vegetation which have grown on his property, and he says he’s glad to see that one thing extra is being finished to place a cease to unlawful dumping.
“A few of us are critical about having individuals who come right here. We’ve got people who come to our farm from in every single place, and we need to be a very good reflection on our county,” Trainum mentioned. “It is a lovely space, and it requires some stewardship to take care of it that means, so we hope that folks might be extra critical about it.”
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