Michelle Holder, the environmental officer for the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, didn’t know early Monday morning who left five bags of trash along County Road 411.
She was about to go try to find out.
Holder was preparing to drive to the dump site, where, she said, she would look for papers or other items in the trash that would identify the items’ previous owners.
“It’s just uncalled for,” Holder said, noting that someone could be facing Class B misdemeanor charges over the illegal dumping.
Holder, a former patrol deputy, began working as the sheriff’s office’s new environmental officer the first week in December. The position is funded by a grant through the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission solid waste grants program.
She said she wants the word to get out that illegal dumping won’t be tolerated. It’s worse around Christmas and other major holidays, she said.
“If we identify who it is, we’re going to file charges,” Holder said.
Holder said she wants to gain voluntary compliance with dumping laws by educating the public. She suggested, however, that anyone who has dumped trash might want to go back and retrieve it before she finds it and files charges.
She also suggested that whoever left the trash on County Road 411 can call her and talk about it. She said she’d note in her report that the person “contacted her and took responsibility.”
“Whatever they did to try to make it right, I’m going to put that in there,” Holder said, noting that it would be up to the prosecutor and court to determine whether that merits a break for the person.
Sheriff Bobby Grubbs said earlier that the sheriff’s office receives numerous reports of people dumping old tires and other trash in ditches and along the road.