BLM encourages 'Don't Dump Idaho'

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) 'Don't Dump Idaho' campaign kicked off this weekend to raise awareness of the amount of trash dumped on public property.

Every year, federal agencies spend tens of thousands of dollars to remove junk left on BLM land —money that could be otherwise spent on improving access or facilities.

Officials collect trash by the tons each year — around 15 tons on the north rim alone.

Throughout the campaign, they hope to create a reporting culture.

"If you see someone heading out to the public land with a refrigerator in their pickup, we'd like to know the license plate number of that vehicle so if we find the refrigerator, we can deal with the problem," said Michael Courtney, district manager of the BLM Twin Falls office.

Courtney told KMVT the biggest trash issue is associated with shooting.

"People haul garbage out there, like their old washers, dryers,TVs, fill them full of holes and leave them behind when they go home," explained Courtney. "There's 14 facilities in the Magic Valley that take garbage. We would appreciate if folks chose to use one of those instead of the public lands."

If caught, you could face up to a $1,000 fine.

You can report dumping to the Twin Falls Sheriff's office or any BLM office.

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