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Cpl. Travis Yates of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Community Oriented Policing Services Unit coordinated the March 15 clean up of a large amount of trash and debris that had been dumped in a common area on Gerard Court in Bryans Road.

“For some reason, this particular area has been a popular place for people to throw out bulk trash. Part of my responsibilities as a COPS officer is to look for these problems and act on it,” Yates said in a news release. “I coordinated a plan with Lt. Rob Studds and Cpl. Tony Oliver of the Charles County Detention Center and the sheriff’s office Volunteers in Community Service program, and they assigned and transported six community service workers to the area. After four hours, we gathered up 26 shopping carts, 20 tires, 4 carpets, 3 mattresses and 50 bags of trash to be picked up.”

Discarding garbage that weighs more than 100 pounds can be subject to hefty fines, starting at $12,500, and a year in jail or more, depending on the size and weight of the item, the release states.

Anyone who sees this type of littering in progress is asked to call 301-932-2222.

People with other concerns about littering should call 301-932-3599.