FOX16 Investigates: Unclaimed Trash Piles Up, Frustrates Lonoke Co. Residents


LONOKE COUNTY, Ark. – With tools in hand, Misty Raper picks up trash on the side of a road because she says no one else will.

She’s spending her Monday picking up the litter along Ray Sowell Road near Dogwood in Lonoke County.

“Lots and lots of trash,” she says.

The trash spans several blocks stretching for about a half-mile in one neighborhood.

“It’s just amazing to me to find this on my way home every single day,” says Raper. “I brought 10 [trash] bags and I know I will fill at least five today.”

Gatorade bottles, coke cans, cigarette cartons, and bed mattresses line Ray Sowell Road.

Raper says she’s had a hard time figuring out if the City of Ward or Lonoke County is responsible for cleaning it up but she says it goes back to the person throwing it away.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s the state’s, the county’s or the city’s responsibility. It’s ours too to keep the trash picked up,” she says.

Raper says Ward city leaders pointed the finger at Lonoke County officials but Raper believes the road is on the county line, making both the city and county responsible for their respective ditches.

“This [trash] bag is getting pretty heavy,” she continues.

While Raper collects trash she wonders when she’ll have to make another trip to tidy up.

Officials at the City of Ward and Lonoke County were unavailable to comment because of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday but FOX16 Investigates will continue to track the problem throughout the week.

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