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Thursday, July 28, 2022

Nearly 121,000 pounds of litter collected in Marion County during June 2022

Just under 121,000 pounds of litter were collected across Marion County during the month of June.

The latest monthly Solid Waste Operations report will be presented to the Marion County Board of County Commissioners during its regular meeting on Tuesday, August 2.

The report shows that community service workers collected over 62,400 pounds of litter throughout the county in June. Nearly 40,500 pounds of litter were also collected by county staff and contract employees, and inmates collected just over 18,000 pounds.

During the month, code enforcement officers conducted 20 investigations. According to the report, 13 of those investigations were for littering and leaving garbage outside of closed recycling convenience centers, 1 investigation was for a littering and illegal dumping complaint on a county right-of-way, and the remaining 6 investigations were for illegal dumping cases throughout the county.

Code enforcement officers issued 2 civil fines, each for $68, 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 637,800 pounds of furniture during the month, along with nearly 173,000 pounds of electronic waste and tires, according to the report.

The Marion County Litter Task Force finalized a plan last week that will set several new initiatives into motion to help combat the abundance of litter throughout the county.

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