LEE — Since mid-April, residents have picked up 452 mini-bottles of Sutter Home Chardonnay tossed along Tuttle Road.
“Our first impression was this was a bunch of teenage kids, but this appears to be systematic,” said Stan Barker, who lives nearby on Sawyer Road.
On Sunday, Barker and a group of neighbors picked up 80 mini wine bottles along Tuttle Road. He said another batch of 12 was tossed after they’d finished picking up the trash.
Barker said he does have compassion for whoever is tossing the bottles, even though he is frustrated.
“There’s someone who clearly is trying to hide their disease from somebody,” Barker said.
He said he first noticed the Chardonnay empties along the roadway when the snow started to melt this past spring.
Barker said the placement of the bottles is random, as if they are being thrown from a moving vehicle. Most of them are in places where there are not driveways and houses, he said.
Lee Police Chief Thomas Dronsfield said that he is aware of the situation, but that there is little his department can do because it is not known what time of day the person is throwing the mini wine bottles onto the side of the roadway.
“Finding somebody littering is next to impossible. Even if I parked a cruiser out there 24/7, I don’t think I could catch them,” Dronsfield said.
Dronsfield said if residents want to put up game cameras to try to catch the person littering, they can, as long as they get permission from property owners if the cameras are placed on private land.
Barker said there has been litter on the side of Tuttle Road in the past, but “it’s never been this bad. I’ve been driving that road for 31 years now,” Barker said.