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Supervisors to enforce dumping ordinance

By By Fredie Carmichael/The Meridian Star
Nov. 6, 2001
County supervisors say they plan to "crack down" on residents who misuse garbage dumpsters.
Supervisors said Monday they will begin fining individuals who violate the county's solid waste ordinance by throwing non-household items into dumpsters.
Neal Carson, county engineer, told supervisors that signs have been purchased to place on mobile "roll-off" dumpsters, which are 30 to 40 feet long. They read: "Please don't dump tree limbs and other non-household items in this dumpster. These are for household trash only."
Carson said he hopes to have the signs up by the end of the week. Similar signs already have been placed on the smaller dumspters, or "green boxes."
There are eight mobile dumpsters in the county and more than 100 green boxes. Carson said the green boxes are emptied every day except Sunday, and the larger mobile dumpsters are emptied when full.
District 3 Supervisor Craig Hitt said he doesn't think residents understand that mobile dumpsters are for household garbage only.
Supervisors said once the signs are in place, they will order county patrolmen to begin monitoring the dumpsters for violators of the ordinance.
Jimmy Smith, president of the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors, said there are four white dumpsters around the county for tree limbs and other non-household trash.
Boswell said once the county starts enforcing the ordinance and handing out tickets, he hopes the supervisors can do away with the $60 garbage fee.
Fredie Carmichael is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. Call him at 693-1551, ext. 3228, or e-mail him at fcarmichael@themeridianstar.com.

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