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Monday, January 30, 2023

Nearly 119,000 pounds of litter collected in Marion County during April

Nearly 119,000 pounds of litter were collected across Marion County during the month of April.

The latest monthly Solid Waste Operations report will be presented to the Marion County Board of County Commissioners during its regular meeting on Tuesday, June 7.

The report shows that just over 64,000 pounds of litter were collected by community service workers during the month. Over 34,500 pounds of litter were also collected by county staff and contract employees, and inmates collected over 20,000 pounds.

During the month, code enforcement officers conducted 48 investigations. According to the report, 5 of those investigations were for littering and leaving garbage outside closed recycling convenience centers, 14 investigations were for littering and illegal dumping complaints on county right-of-ways, and the remaining 29 investigations were for illegal dumping cases throughout the county.

Code enforcement officers did not issue any fines in April for illegal dumping of waste weighing less than 15 pounds. The 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.

Recycling centers across Marion County recycled over 583,000 pounds of furniture, and just over 200,500 pounds of electronic waste and tires, according to the report.

The Marion County Litter Task force was established in September of 2021 and is tasked with developing a solution to combat the county’s litter woes. The county is conducting a brief online survey to gather the community’s feedback on this issue.

For more information or updates, visit the Marion County Litter Task Force webpage.