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Upstate Man Says Illegal Dumping Trashing His Community

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Gray Court, S.C. -

Mickey Fortin walks his local roads in Gray Court every day.

"It started with about a mile, mile and a half," said Mickey. "And now I'm up to five miles. It's just incredible, you know, it's pristine land.

He says it's pristine until you get to spots on Wells Road where someone just tossed out a couple trash bags.

A little further down there's a couch, a gutted mattress, even a canoe.

On nearby Bryson Ford Road, you'll find plastic sheeting and construction debris.

Mickey says the junk has been sitting there for months.

Now on his walks, he documents it with video.

"Seems like it's a mounting problem, it just keeps growing and growing and nothing's being done," said Mickey.

Laurens County Public Works Director Scott Holland says illegal dumping is a consistent problem.

He says they first try to determine who is dumping the trash by searching for any identifying information, so that person can clean it up.

Or they determine who owns the land it's on.

If it's the county's land, Holland says they have to clean it up at the expense of taxpayers.

He told us they learned of the Wells Road spots this week and have already been out to inspect the trash.

And if the county ends up owning that property, he says they'll be back out there again to clean it up.

Holland wasn't aware of the trash on Bryson Ford Road until we told him. He says they'll now investigate that spot as well.

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