The police departments of Edgartown and West Tisbury say that uncovered trucks are dropping trash on Edgartown–West Tisbury Road.
Edgartown Police Chief Bruce McNamee said his officers are being increasingly vigilant when it comes to trucks without covers on the cargo beds. The department has tried to educate the public about the requirement for covering loaded cargo beds on Facebook, which the West Tisbury police shared on their page alongside their own post to boost awareness.
The litter is caused by truck drivers who are traveling to the Martha’s Vineyard Refuse District, located near the Martha’s Vineyard Airport. Unsecured trash falls off the cargo beds, and some drivers are just leaving the litter behind. According to state law, drivers need to have a method of securing trash so it does not fall off the vehicle.
West Tisbury Police Chief Matt Mincone said his officers have noticed an improvement from the drivers. More drivers are using covers and bungee cords to keep their trash in place on their way to the dump. Although the reason is unclear, Mincone is optimistic about the awareness the Facebook posts created.
Even with improvements, Mincone said, officers will continue patrolling the area while looking for trucks with no covers or dropping and leaving trash. “If you let it go, it [the road] starts to look bad quick,” said Mincone.
McNamee said drivers spotted leaving dropped trash behind on the road can expect to be pulled over by patrolling officers.