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Code officers warn local businesses

Abused river banks and overflowing dumpsters rankled some county residents last week.

On Farm-to-Market Road 1023, a Knippa resident traveling home from Uvalde stopped Tuesday to collect cans at the river crossing. The resident said he collected several pounds worth of beer cans, but he also noted rotting animal carcasses and skins, spent fireworks, discarded plastic bottles and a towel.

Because river beds are state property, it is technically up to the state to clean up any litter that lies within said beds; any trash removal, however, is usually carried out by the county.

Uvalde County Judge Bill Mitchell said the county typically ensures cleanup by bringing probationers to sites to perform community service.

Mitchell said issuing citations for littering is difficult because authorities with Uvalde County Sheriff’s Department and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department must personally see an individual improperly dispose of refuse before a ticket can written.


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