Drivers, business owners frustrated with trash along state roadways

Published: Mar. 19, 2019 at 6:58 PM CDT
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Trash buildup along I-39, I-90, and Route 20 is frustrating some people who commute on that roadway every day.

"When the snow's on the ground, you didn't see it. Of course, when the snow melts, it's all here again. When the mowers come, they mow it. Then it's thousands and thousands of pieces," said Maggio Truck Center owner Marty Maggio.

Much of the trash buildup is not from driver just throwing whatever trash away they have in their vehicle. It's actually falling off of garbage trucks that take these roads to a dump nearby.

"If a truck has not completely cleaned out coming out of the landfill, then they can lose some of the trash bags, papers and stuff that might still be caught in the truck that didn't get 100 percent cleaned out," said Illinois Department of Transportation Operations Engineer Trisha Thompson.

This trash is something IDoT representatives are well aware of. Representatives say they are trying to find ways to clean up.

"We're always looking at new equipment that could possibly help where we wouldn't need a whole 10 or 20 man work crew, where we could do this with mechanical means," said Thompson.

Whatever the solution is, Maggio says people need to stop ignoring it.

"As a taxpayer and a neighbor here, it's just not right, and I don't know what the answer is, but there is an answer here."

IDoT occasionally pays state workers to clean up the area, but that costs taxpayer money. Maggio believes they need to start ticketing the drivers who dump this trash.

23 news did reach out to that dump, but they did not return our call for comment.

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