County road crews picked up almost 22 tons of trash last month

Shelby-Cty-seal-250pxShelby County trash crews removed almost 22 tons of garbage tossed along roads last month in the unincorporated areas and those bordering Shelby Farms.

“Every dollar used for litter could have been spent on other pressing citizen needs. Still, we’re committed to improving the appearance of Shelby County,” said Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr.

Public Works employees, Shelby County Corrections Center inmates and court-supervised offenders overseen by the non-profit agency Clean Memphis work weekly near Millington, Woodstock, Northaven, South-East Shelby County, North-East Shelby County and Cordova. A D.U.I. offender crew also works on Saturdays.

The most roadside debris was noted along Houston Levee, Lenow, Northaven, Breckenwood, Coleman and Egypt Central.

September 2017 data:

  • 21.58 tons of trash
  • $860 landfill cost
  • 206 crew miles
  • 487.5 crew hours

Shelby County Public Works has hidden cameras in the unincorporated neighborhoods. Illegal dumping offenders are prosecuted.

To report litter, go to and click on the Report a Concern link. Citizens can also call the Shelby County Mayor’s Action Center at (901) 222-2300.