We have all seen it – litter along the roadways in Chattooga County.  If you think it seems like the litter problem has gotten worse since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be right according to Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader.

Sheriff Schrader says that because of the COVI-19 pandemic, his office has not been able to take inmates out of the jail to do litter pick-ups around the county.   Also, the sheriff says that because of a reduced number of beds and quarantine requirements, the Chattooga County Jail is currently mostly housing inmates that cannot be classified for work detail because of the charges they face or their criminal history.

Last week, the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department started back up with litter patrol, but the sheriff says “It’s going to take a long time to catch up.”  The sheriff said earlier this week inmates picked up over 1,200 pounds of trash and only made if half-way down Rocky Hollow Road.

The sheriff said, “We are in the process of trying to organize a ‘Clean up Chattooga campaign’ where inmates and citizens can pick up and the sheriff’s department will collect what’s been picked up and dispose of it.

Sheriff Schrader says that he is very appreciative to the citizens of Chattooga County who have taken it upon themselves to pick up trash along the roadways over the past several months.