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Illegal Dumping: Large and Small Scale Littering in Rural Kentucky
American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting (2008)
  • Kenneth D. Tunnell, Eastern Kentucky University
Abstract

Illegal dumping, a social problem greatly affecting some rural states, occurs at both the large and small scale as open dump sites and roadside trash. Focusing on Kentucky, a state without mandatory trash pickup and a per capita income below and a poverty rate above the national average, this photo poster, describes the dumping and littering problem. As the poster exhibit shows, legislative and executive initiatives have made some in-roads in large-scale clean up. Some local governments, however, appear apathetic about addressing illegal dumping in their own communities. Kentucky's litter problem is showing few signs of improvement and roadside littering seemingly is worsening. This problem, with resulting social, economic and environmental harms, is situated theoretically within a rural social disorganization thesis.

Keywords
  • illegal dumping kentucky,
  • garbage kentucky
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Publication Date
November, 2008
Citation Information
Kenneth D. Tunnell. "Illegal Dumping: Large and Small Scale Littering in Rural Kentucky" American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ken_tunnell/19/