COQUILLE, Ore. -- Coos County will no longer fund trash pickup for Leaven No Trace, a group of volunteers that picks up trash around the county.
Coos County officials say the County has waived trash disposal fees for Leaven No Trace since February of this year.
On June 2, officials issued a notice to Leaven No Trace founder Raymond Block stating that after June 15 the County Solid Waste Department will no longer accept tires and trash free of charge.
The decision made back in April during a work session.
"We are two weeks out from the June 15 deadline, so we wanted to send out the reminder that that deadline was approaching," said Coos County counsel Keith Leitz.
County officials say after Block's permit for free disposal is expired he cannot renew it.
The letter states that if Block continues to place trash along the county roads for sanitation crews to pick up, his actions may be considered "offensive littering and/or illegal dumping."
But Block says this won't stop his clean-up efforts.
"The community is suffering and they're doing nothing; they're not going to stop me," Block says. "I'm an American; I have my freedom; I have my rights. I didn't ask them for permission to start this and I'm not going to accept them telling me that I can't."
Block's future plans include continuing litter patrol along the roadways and installing cameras near popular dump sites.
Block hopes the cameras will catch the individuals responsible for dumping trash along the roadways.
Leaven No Trace Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Leaven-No-Trace-992635177446026/?fref=ts
YouCaring donation page: https://www.youcaring.com/raymond-j-furr-block-540937