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Volunteers, staff collect over 105,000 pounds of litter in Marion County during October

Volunteers and staff collected over 105,000 pounds of litter throughout Marion County during October.

The figures were part of the monthly Solid Waste Operations report sent to the Marion County Board of County Commissioners last month. That report was presented during the commission’s regular meeting on Tuesday, December 7.

The report shows that during October, nearly 64,000 pounds of litter was collected by community service workers, while nearly 35,000 pounds was collected by county staff, contract employees, and mow/litter specialists. Inmates collected nearly 1,800 pounds of litter during the month.

According to the report, code enforcement officers conducted 42 investigations during the month of October. The officers issued four civil fines, each for $68, for illegal dumping of waste weighing less than 15 pounds.

Code officers routinely provide spot checks at all recycling centers across the county to verify users are not commercial businesses, are not living outside of Marion County, and are not disposing of inappropriate types of refuse.

The report indicates that recycling centers across the county collected over 327,000 pounds of furniture, and nearly 83,000 pounds of electronic waste and tires.

The Marion County Litter Task force was officially established in September and is tasked with developing a solution to combat the county’s litter woes.

For more information or updates, visit the Marion County Litter Task Force website. To share your opinions about litter in the county, visit the Marion County Litter Task Force Litter Survey.