Vancleave Residents Working Toward A Litter Free Community

Rick Domenico has two jobs - his regular 9 to 5 and now litter patrol in Vancleave.

"I got tired of looking at it. I loaded up my tractor and I filled up the blue BFI can and 55 gallon can. It is uncalled for. We were born in America, we were not born in filth,"  Vancleave resident Rick Domenico said.

Domenico and Sandra Saltarelli say lately, it seems their neighborhood has become one big trash pile. They say they're tired of seeing beer bottles, plastic wrappers and even spoiled food dumped along the roads and in front of homes.

"It is bringing down the property value, and it does not disappear by itself. The plastic is here forever, and the beer cans," Saltarelli said.

"We have a dump on Seamen Road, seven days a week. You look around here, there is a lot of garbage on the side of the road. I just know it did not blow there," Domenico said.

Domenico's doing his part, but says he can't fix the problem alone.

"I think the people in the neighborhood need to get together, and once a month we can get the kids involved and have a little happy treat or just to get them to pick up for a hour."

"We lived here for 14 years and it was really pretty, but after the hurricane, it's gotten worse," Saltarelli said.

"I do not know if people are depressed, or people are just giving up, but now is the time to pull together and get it back like it used to be."

It's a goal this couple knows will take more people learning how to put litter in its place.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd says any person that is caught littering or dumping debris in Vancleave could be ordered to pay $250-$1,000 in fines.