Fighting for You: New Market Man Wants Madison County Trash Pick-up Policy Changed

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NEW MARKET, Ala. (WHNT) - A Madison County man has a dirty fight on his hands. The homeowner says portions of his neighborhood look trashy.  He insists neighbors are the reason for what he calls a crappy look.

Casey Martin is doing more than just talking about the problem. He's trying to get it cleaned up. Martin emailed WHNT NEWS 19's Venton Blandin to see if he could help.
Martin's concern is with the garbage on Maysville Road in Madison County.  He says his neighbors are dumping the trash from their homes, but it's finding its way in bits and pieces elsewhere.

Martin says Madison County leaders are acting as an enabler. He wants the Madison County Commission to do something.

Casey Martin calls New Market home.

"It's a rural area in the county.  A lot of farms and lower-income homes up and down Maysville Road," said Martin.

Martin, like other Madison County Homeowners, pays $2.00 a month for trash removal. He does not like how the county handles trash pick-up.

"There's no kind of rule about how they can put that trash out there.  They just put it out there.  It can be bagged, unbagged, couches, oil cans and gas cans," added Martin.

Madison County defines trash as solid waste other than normal household garbage.  Trash collectors require homeowners to put the trash on the side of the road.

Madison County requires limbs and brush go in one pile, metal items go in another, bulk household items are set aside and grass clippings and leaves are put into a bag.

"There are no checks and balances for anyone to come back and get that cleaned up," added Martin.

Martin says what is placed on the side of the road often gets torn to bits and blows farther away.

"Where this trash is, it looks like a dump," added Martin.

Martin estimates trash collectors make it to his neighborhood once or twice every five weeks. Madison County officials  say crews pick-up trash throughout the county twice a month.

"We need to get the Madison County Commission together, look at this service and ask is this really a service? Is it worth what we are paying for it and are there any checks and balances when homeowners don't obey the rules," stated Martin.

WHNT NEWS 19's Venton Blandin took Martin's concerns to District Three Commissioner Jerry Craig.

"We have the best system anywhere in north Alabama for picking up trash," said Craig.
Commissioner Craig represents Martin's area and is familiar with Martin's issue.

"A lot of the stuff falling through the grabber that the guys use could be put in a trash can and not in a garbage cans," added Craig.

The commissioner believes some Madison County residents are not following the rules.

Martin wants the policy changed to help clean up his community.

"You can't schedule an exact time because you don't know how much is ever going to be out on the right away until you get to a certain house number," added Craig.

Martin and Commissioner Craig have talked about the community litter concern before.  Commissioner Craig has advised Martin to attend a Madison County Commission to address the entire commission and get his concerns on public record.

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