Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Ravine full of trash dumped since 1957 cleaned up
Firm helps IDEM cleans up ravine full of appliances, tires and other debris dumped since 1957

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 4:07 a.m.

FRANKLIN, Ind. (AP) — A ravine full of trash that had been dumped there since 1957 has been cleaned up.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management says an inspector who visited the site with a Johnson County Health Department officer last year found the ravine filled with household trash, old appliances, tires and other debris. The woman who lived there told officials she couldn’t afford to clean up the site, which has a ditch that carries a large amount of water when it rains.

The environmental agency says waste disposal company Republic Services offered to clean up the site in the county south of Indianapolis. Work crews finished cleaning up the site last month after using a backhoe to fill 30 roll-off trash containers.