The Mississippi Delta is a uniquely beautiful place with sweeping landscapes and acres of lush green vegetation. However, certain places in Bolivar County are not quite as scenic as they could be. At the board of supervisors meeting Monday a decision was made to crack down on littering. “We are starting a clean up campaign to try and catch people who are littering and dumping trash illegally,” said Supervisor Larry King. Littering and dumping trash has never been allowed in the county but while laws have been on the books, the enforcement of them has not previously been a major focus. That is about to change. “In every district of the county there are places where you can see large piles of trash that have just been dumped on the side of the road. We talked about increasing patrols and trying to catch people in the action of littering and dumping trash so we can arrest them or impose fines,” said Sheriff Kelvin Williams. The first stage of the new campaign will be, “to remind people that this behavior is not allowed and to inform them of the penalties if they break the law. We will also be encouraging people to report those who break the law. We have a Crimestoppers number that people can call if they want to report something but also wish to remain anonymous,” said Williams. “We will be assessing the fines differently for littering and dumping and both offenses will go through the justice court system but we want people to know that there will be consequences for these behaviors,” said King. “It will be left up to the judge to address each specific case and of course that will be different depending on a number of factors. The offender could receive a misdemeanor charge for throwing cigarette butts or paper out of a car window but it can go all the way up to felony charges for large amounts of trash or refuse over a certain number of pounds,” explained Williams. The penalty for a first littering offense carries a maximum penalty of $250. A second offense carries a $500 maximum fine. Anyone who illegally disposed of a dead animal will receive a minimum fine of $200 for the first offense. Those who are found guilty of breaking littering laws may also be required to repair any damage caused by their littering or trash dumping, perform community service related to the removal of waste or the restoration of areas polluted by waste and to pay any reasonable costs related to investigation or prosecution of their crimes. All fines collected for littering or illegal dumping of trash are deposited into the statewide litter prevention fund. The county is also looking into addressing the areas that have already been polluted or damaged from excessive trash dumping. “We may use people who are in county custody to help us with that or make that part of a community service obligation,” said Williams. For those who live in the county and have large amounts of trash they need to dispose of there is a place that they can legally bring their rubbish. “If you see someone littering or dumping trash, you can call the Bolivar County Sheriff’s Department at 662-843-5378 and if want to remain anonymous you can call crime stoppers. If their tip leads to person or people involved being arrested they can possibly receive a reward for their information,” said Williams. For more information on the anti-littering campaign, contact the County Administrator’s office at (662) 846-5877.