Your tax dollars are helping clean up trash dumped by someone illegally.
They dump near roads. They dump in parks. They dump near streams.
West Virginia contains as many as 15,000 illegal dumping sites, consuming resources of local governments and the state Department of Environmental Protection.
Greg Rote, program manager for the DEP's Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP), said the DEP cleans up to 1,100 illegal dumpsites across West Virginia each year.
"The biggest reason is they don't want to pay to get rid of it," he said.
In Charleston, illegally dumped trash is causing drainage issues and keeping the public works department busy.
Public Works Director Gary Taylor said the trash is usually confined to more isolated areas of town with few homes nearby, like along Garrison Avenue and Amity Drive. When it rains, the trash dumped down hillsides is swept into drains and streams.
"I think it's coming from outside the city," he said. "People in the city know if (their trash) is on the curb, we're going to pick it up."
Taylor said that the largest pieces of refuse the department picks up are televisions and tires, calling them, "our two biggest nightmares."
That's despite the fact that ways to properly dispose of those items exist in Kanawha County, unlike other parts of the state.
Electronics recycling, including televisions and computers, is available as a free service at West Virginia Recycling's Slack Street facility. The county collects tires twice each year - once in the spring and again in the fall.
The public works department is running into other hazards, too. Just last week, a worker accidentally mowed over hidden meth lab refuse along Edgewood Drive and had to be examined at a hospital as a precaution.
The worker was fine, but the incident illustrated a growing danger buried in the trash.
"We get more (meth refuse) whenever law enforcement steps up their activities," Rote said.
State law mandates homes and businesses subscribe to trash service or be able to provide proof they disposed of their garbage at an approved waste facility.