Seminole County clean-up sparks trash collection debate

Keep Seminole Beautiful organizes cleaning of unpaved streets

Author: Julie Broughton, Weather
Published On: Apr 15 2013 06:50:28 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 15 2013 07:07:02 PM EDT
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. -

It started as a way for members of Keep Seminole Beautiful to honor their founder, but turned into a much larger ordeal.

On Saturday the group organized a county-wide clean up that involved collecting heavy debris from two unpaved streets, including Mathews Road off of 434.

"This isn't just your normal fast food stuff thrown out windows. I mean, obviously, there's a lot of heavy stuff here," said director Sean Concannon.

Keep Seminole Beautiful director Sean Concannon estimates about 1,500 pounds of trash, including tires, wood and furniture was gathered. He estimates it took a dozen volunteers about five hours to move the items.

Concannon says because the county will not pick up trash from dirt roads, county commissioners came up with an alternative plan.

"The solution was, alright, take it to the nearest surface road where they pick stuff up at," he said.

However, Concannon tells Local 6 an area business owner complained and insisted they bring the trash back to its original location, which took volunteers an extra two hours.

"I'm sure a lot of the volunteers who were here all day are going to be a little hesitant the next time we ask them to come for an event," he said.

Local 6 spoke with Seminole County's Deputy Manager Joe Forte. The trash was collected Monday afternoon. He tells us he plans to personally review the code and if necessary, take steps to change the policy about debris pick up on dirt roads.