Let Activists Clean Up Garbage Left to Rot in Neighborhoods

Target: Fairfield, Alabama Mayor Kenneth Coachman

Goal: Stop forbidding people from cleaning up the garbage the city refuses to collect, creating a serious health hazard.

Cops have been stopping activist from cleaning up the trash left in front of people’s houses by a local government that is refusing to send city garbage collectors until households pay questionable and sometimes very old fees. The trash has been piling up and rotting into a putrid liquid that could easily leak into groundwater or other water sources and poses a general health hazard for residents.

The city of Fairfield, Alabama has been dealing with financial woes recently. At the same time, some residents are complaining about sudden bills sent to their homes for services like trash collection that have apparently been piling up over several years without the homeowner’s knowledge. One 62-year-old woman said she received a $1,500 bill from the city with a demand that she either pay or have her trash collection cut off. This happened after she reportedly never received a single bill for trash collection in her 15 years of living in Fairfield.

To help residents like this who can’t pay these sudden bills for hundreds of dollars, human rights activist Mercutio Southall Sr. started voluntarily picking up the rotting trash to haul it to the dump, removing this health hazard at his own expense. According to reports, police and a city representative then showed up to stop him, saying that he can’t move the garbage without a license because it creates a health hazard.

Southall pointed out that leaving the garbage there is a health hazard, but to no avail. Fairfield residents continue to suffer from an unsanitary and inhumane situation as their city tries to extract money from them. Sign our petition to demand that the city government allow activists to remove the rotting garbage that it’s allowing to pile up in front of people’s houses.


Dear Mayor Coachman,

I understand that local activist Mercutio Southall Sr. has been barred from his efforts to clean up the piles of rotting garbage accumulating in front of your residents’ homes because moving the garbage without a license creates a “health hazard.” This makes no sense for multiple reasons. People are allowed to take their own trash to the dump if they so choose and can pay the fees. Why can’t an altruistic man do this for other people?

The garbage piling up is also creating a health hazard as it rots into putrid liquid that’s likely being washed into local water sources from the unusual amount of rain the area is experiencing this summer. The reason this is happening is because your struggling city is refusing to pick up garbage for residents after handing them bills for things they didn’t know they had to pay for. One 62-year-old woman received a $1,500 bill after never receiving a single bill in 15 years for trash collection. Many people cannot pay this amount out of nowhere.

Your government shouldn’t be refusing to pick up trash in the first place because it creates a serious health hazard. But at the very least, don’t block activists from removing the garbage that you refuse to clean up.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Alex Marshall

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  1. this is really unfair! nobody in this world leaves the trash on the ground!

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