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|Officials anticipate compliance with new garbage ordinance|
The city of Monroe's new trash ordinance went into effect late last week. Residents who violate the ordinance could face stiff penalties.
The new ordinance allows the city to charge residents $50 if the city's garbage department picks up items that are deemed too large for normal pick-up from a resident's home, while businesses could face a $100 fine for illegal dumping.
Residents or businesses that do not pay the fee for dumping garbage the city will not pick up will see the fines doubled every seven days thereafter.
Those who refuse to pay the fee can have their water/sewer cut off until it is paid in full. The ordinance also requires residents in the city of Monroe not to place garbage containers at the curb before 4 p.m. on the day prior to collection. Garbage containers also must be removed by nightfall on the day of collection.
Monroe's public works director Tom Janway said each year the city sets records in the amount of solid waste it picks up.
"People are just putting out more than we can pick up," he said.
Two weeks ago, the city picked up almost 500 tons of trash, Janway said.
He said public works is trying every day to be more productive, but the city will continue to need cooperation from residents to solve the trash problem.
"Our garbage trucks are picking it up on a timely manner, but we still have an issue with what people put out on the street," Janway said. "From what I have seen, we seem to have gotten the attention of our citizens, and I see more and more of the citizens bagging their leaves, and that sort of thing."
"So, when the citizens can help us, we can improve our productivity," he said. "We're going to continue to work just as hard as we can to pick up this trash in every way possible."
However, Janway said the city's public works department was forced to cut cost due mainly to fuel prices. He said public works is working with less people, but public works employees have been picking up more trash lately than in previous years.
Mayor Jamie Mayo said the city and its residents must make behavior changes to eliminate trash problems.
"We must make these changes to help this administration be productive," Mayo explained. "We're not going out looking to put anybody in jail and fine them. We've indicated there will be some notices put out for those not conforming to the ordinance with what they need to do.
"We're going to work with the public as we deal with this transition. There's been a huge request to do something about the trash, and the administration is willing to work with people to get where we need to be."
Janway said public works will assist the city's code enforcement department in reporting any violations of the new ordinance. Public works supervisors will tour the city to report any violations to code enforcement.
"We will give this to code enforcement on a daily basis," Janway said. "Until the people actually see the city of Monroe actually taking a stance on this issue, nothing is going to change."
He admitted the city must continue to educate the public on what the new ordinance does and does not allow.
"When you stop and actually tell people that what they are doing is in violation, I think we will have a 75 percent to 80 percent compliance rate," Janway said.
He said one of the biggest complaints in the city of Monroe regarding trash is people putting their trash in the middle of the boulevard for pickup. He said people must understand that trash put out for pick-up must remain on one's own property.