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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Over 100,000 pounds of litter collected in Marion County during July 2022

During the month of July, over 100,000 pounds of litter were collected across Marion County.

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

The report shows that community service workers collected 53,720 pounds of litter throughout the county in July. County staff and contract employees collected 33,480 pounds of litter, and an additional 14,160 pounds of litter were collected by inmates.

Marion County Solid Waste Code Enforcement Officers conducted 54 investigations in July. According to the report, 15 of those investigations were for littering and leaving garbage outside of closed recycling convenience centers, 27 investigations were for littering and illegal dumping complaints on county rights-of-way, and the remaining 12 investigations were for illegal dumping cases throughout the county.

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. Throughout the month of July, the officers did not issue any civil fines for “illegal dumping of waste weighing less than 15 pounds.”

Recycling centers across Marion County recycled 618,240 pounds of furniture during the month, along with 167,700 pounds of electronic waste and tires, according to the report.

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

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