Crime

Recognize this trash? Dumping off Cole Road is widespread, illegal

Numerous people are apparently using an area off South Cole Road in south Ada County as a dump site, and the sheriff’s office wants them to knock it off.
Numerous people are apparently using an area off South Cole Road in south Ada County as a dump site, and the sheriff’s office wants them to knock it off.

Does anyone recognize this hot tub or these old tires? How about this huge pile of old roof shingles?

If so, the Ada County Sheriff's Office would like to hear from you. They’d also like to know who dumped this stuff — and a bunch of other trash, such as clothes, old toys and paint buckets — in a gravel pit in south Ada County.

Illegal dumping is a widespread problem in Ada County, and it just isn’t in the far-flung desert. This illegal dump site is right off Cole Road, just south of the Tenmile Creek Road intersection, ACSO reported on its Facebook page Wednesday.

Anyone who recognizes any of this trash is asked to call Ada County dispatchers at 377-6790 and refer to case No. 109852.

The site off Cole seems to include several different trash piles.. Any everyone who dumped there committed a crime.

The potential penalty for the infraction of placing debris on public property is a $300 fine and up to 10 days in jail -- more costly and time-consuming than taking the trash to the Ada County Landfill on Seamans Gulch Road, the sheriff's office said.

Households can get rid of hazardous materials like old cans of paint and small amounts of chemicals at the landfill for free. Businesses are allowed to get rid of up to 2600 pounds of hazardous material every year at the Landfill for a small fee.

Most household loads of trash, such as would fit in the bed of a half-ton pickup, cost about $11 to dispose of at the landfill.

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