‘It’s just a huge problem’: Franklin County detective wants people to take pride in community, stop littering

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ohio — Illegal dumping is everywhere in Franklin County. Just ask Detective Robert Conkel with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

“A lot of its construction and demolition debris we get from companies that have trailers and they just unload it and then they drive off,” Conkel said while standing next to an illegal dump sight off Eakin Road in southwest Columbus.

“We find a lot of concrete two by fours all the stuff from demolition from inside the house and stuff,” he told CrimeTracker 10’s Angela An.

Conkel is part of an environmental crimes task force (ECTF) funded by SWACO, the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio. Since 2016, the ECTF dealt with more than 6,000 cases.

“In a typical year about 90% of the cases are littering and open dumping crimes, although hazardous waste, open burning, and water pollution crimes are also reported,” said Hanna Greer-Brown, SWACO’s communication manager.

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