Harrison Co. inmates pick up 35 bags of roadside trash a day

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - In the never ending battle against roadside litter, Harrison County Sheriff's deputies said they're doing the best they can with what they've got.

As thousands of vehicles whizzed by, inmates walked Interstate 10 Wednesday stuffing yellow plastic bags with the stuff that drivers threw out.

Harrison County Sheriff's Deputy Russell Thoms said, "We get furniture, back to household trash. You imagine it, we find it out here."

The Harrison County Inmate Litter Removal Team will pick up trash from county line to county line this week. They also work along Interstate 110, Highways 15, 67, 53, and on Highway 49 north of Highway 53. All that territory to cover and usually with less than a handful of inmate workers.

"We try to have about four, but that fluctuates," said Thom. "We work misdemeanors and we might not have but three. Then a couple of days later, we'll get a fourth one."

Because demand is high and resources are low, officials said they mostly concentrate on the really bad spots. However, they are trying to get more help.

"The sheriff right now is trying to get another crew out and try to split the area up so we can maintain it better. It would be a tremendous help. We can concentrate on I-10 and the other crew can do like 49, new 67."

In the meantime, officials are asking people to not to add to the trash burden. Inmates pick up an average of 35 bags of roadside trash a day.

"We're out here eight hours a day, five days a week."

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