Illegal dumpers targeted
Published: Thursday, August 22nd, 2013
If you’re a county resident who brings their trash into town and puts it in a city or residential trash can, you have been warned. The city is coming for you.
At its regular meeting Monday night, the Custer City Council approved moving forward with a “trash thief” ordinance, which will slap fines on county residents who fill up city trash cans with their garbage when they come to town.
City public works director Bob Morrison and city attorney Chris Beesley worked together to craft the outline of an ordinance — the form the document will have to in before it can be passed by the council and take effect. Morrison said the city receives a great deal of trash from county residents (who aren’t required to have trash services), particularly in the city’s trash cans in local parks.
“The residents of Custer pay for that,” he said, adding that the more trash the city takes to the landfill, the more it is charged.
Morrison said crafting an ordinance will cover a “soft spot” in a “theft of services” law already on the books. The ordinance will not apply to local businesses, because they are under separate contracts. He said the ordinance would prevent county residents from dumping in a city residents’ trash can even if the city resident said it is OK to do so. However, any ordinance will not prohibit someone from depositing designated recyclable materials in recycle containers in the city.
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