Residents are breaking the rules again. Townships in Geauga County are seeing their recycling centers littered with garbage, mattresses, old furniture and other junk dumped at the collection sites, sometimes in the dark of night.

In Russell, trustees are considering installing a fence and locking up the center after township business hours. Trustees even discussed a surveillance camera to capture license plate numbers of suspected dumpers. The mess often found in the morning is forcing the township to use employees to clean it up.

In Bainbridge Township, trustees talked about temporarily closing the recycling drop-off spot after bins were found overflowing with non-recyclables. The Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste District picks up the recycling in Bainbridge on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. But on Saturdays and Sundays it’s a free-for-all, with people piling stuff up even if the bins are full. Perhaps the township should look into providing additional bins.

In the meantime, offenders need to starting caring more about keeping their communities beautiful and a great place to live.

It sounds inconvenient, but if the bin is full, take the bags home and try again another day. Or schedule your drop-offs during the week.

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