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Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Marion County report for August shows 33 illegal dumping cases, 2 fines issued

During the month of August, Marion County Solid Waste Code Enforcement Officers managed 33 illegal dumping cases throughout the county and issued two civil fines.

This information is part of the monthly Solid Waste Operations report which will be presented to the Marion County Board of County Commissioners during its regular meeting on Tuesday, October 4.

The latest report shows that code enforcement officers conducted a total of 38 investigations in August. There were 14 investigations for littering and illegal dumping complaints on county rights-of-way, 19 investigations for illegal dumping cases throughout the county, and the remaining five investigations were for littering and leaving garbage outside of closed recycling convenience centers.

Code enforcement officers issued two civil fines, each for $68, for “illegal dumping of waste weighing less than 15 pounds,” according to the report. 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.

Community service workers collected 42,140 pounds of litter throughout the county in August. The report states that an additional 84,260 pounds of litter were collected by county staff and contract employees, and inmates collected another 3,280 pounds.

Recycling centers across Marion County recycled 722,460 pounds of furniture during the month, and 203,060 pounds of electronic waste and tires were also recycled, according to the report.

The Marion County Litter Task Force finalized a plan earlier this year to help combat the abundance of litter throughout the county. For more information, visit the Marion County Litter Task Force webpage.