April 11, 2009
– While doing a volunteer trail project Saturday morning a group of us came across this pile of trash, yard clippings and just plan old household garbage. Ten plus bags of it just off the trail. This trash could have been left at the curb for Republic Services to pick up, at no cost to the owner; or he or she could have taken it to the Republic Services transfer station and dumped it for free, legally. Now an enforcement officer will go through the trash, look for any item with a name and address on it, cite the owner into court where various degrees of fines can be leveled on the owner. You see, according to Nevada Revised Statues (NRS) you own this trash until it is properly disposed of in a legal landfill. I hope this is not your trash, as the next knock at your door could be the police.
The desert is not a dump…it is our responsibliity to be good stewards of the land.
This pile was cleaned up a few days later by city Public Works…it seems that if you leave a trash pile it has a habit of gathering friends, then you have a dump. However, Tuedsay May 5th there were two or three new trash piles along this same stretch of trail/berm. People must think this is Mexico or something….
Terri Jones says
Been hiking out there for 6 years, since before it was a trail and overseen by numerous groups, gov’t agencies and other do-gooders. I enjoyed it a lot more before everyone began to make it “better” by paving it, striping it, and putting up signs and yellow poles and gates and barricades. And before bicylcists began passing me by about 6 inches away at 30 mph, saying nothing.
I have picked up lots of trash, and often will poke thru it to see if there is any mail or other identifying debris. Ususally there is not but I always check.
Terri…you sound like the perfect candidate to join Henderson Trail Watch program and make your time on the trail and concerns count.
Isn’t progress wonderful.?!
Look the trail monitor didn’t have his dog on a leash.