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Monday, September 27, 2021

Marion County establishing Litter Task Force to combat county’s litter, illegal dumping woes

The Marion County government is hoping that the creation of a new Litter Task Force will have a positive impact on an ongoing litter problem across the county that one commissioner labeled “disgusting.” 

The Marion County Board of Commissioners will hear a presentation from Environmental Services Director Jody Kirkman about the new task force during their upcoming meeting on Tuesday, July 6.

According to that presentation, the mission of the new force will be to enlist “the entire community in an effort to eradicate litter and illegal dumping” across Marion County. 

The task force will be comprised of representatives from the Sheriff and Marion County School Board, a Marion County Commissioner, and a collection of advisory members.

Those include the cities of Dunnellon and Belleview, as well as the Florida Department of Transportation, among others. 

The first proposed organization meeting of the task force will take place in September 2021.

Earlier this year, multiple commissioners went on record citing the amount of litter across the county as “disgusting.”

The county has even worked with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office to create a video campaign reminding residents of the potential consequences of illegal dumping, including jail time.

The Marion County Board of County Commissioners next meeting will take place at the McPherson Governmental Campus Auditorium, which is located at 601 SE 25th Avenue in Ocala.