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Illegal dumping, unpaid hauler bill lead to trash overflow at mobile home parks

Julius Simmons walks by a dumpster that is overflowing with trash at the Lowcountry Mobile Home Park on Monday afternoon.
Julius Simmons walks by a dumpster that is overflowing with trash at the Lowcountry Mobile Home Park on Monday afternoon. Jonathan Dyer, The Beaufort Gazette

Overflowing Dumpsters at two mobile home parks in Burton have been emptied after residents complained and the trash hauler's bill was paid.

However, the parks' owner says illegal dumping that overwhelmed the trash-collection area will continue to be an ongoing battle.

The problem came to a head Monday when garbage spilled over the tops of the three Dumpsters and onto the ground.

"It's all over the place," Lowcountry Mobile Home Park resident Julius Simmons said Monday. Simmons was worried about his health from the exposed garbage. "... There's nowhere to put it. I've got a shopping cart outside, that's where I'm having to put it."

The trash built up after the owner of Lowcountry and Green Acres mobile home parks on County Shed Road failed to pay the trash hauler's bill, according to Andrew Dupps, managing partner of Lyford Land Co., which owns the parks.

The bill was paid Tuesday, and the Dumpsters were emptied, property manager Jesse Stone said.

But Stone said the parks are also being plagued by illegal dumping, causing the Dumpsters to fill too quickly.

It became a problem within the last month, Dupps said, causing Stone to start taking trash to the county's dump sites himself until officials there told him to stop because the loads were too large.

"This problem occurs weekly, and we have posted signs repeatedly to stop the problem, but clearly it doesn't always work," Dupps wrote in an email.

To try to combat the problem, tenants will also take down license plates of illegal dumpers, Stone said.

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