Mansfield residents fed up with the city’s trash hauling, illegal dumping problems | Solutions

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is Part II of a four-part series dealing with garbage problems in the town of Mansfield. Yesterday we looked back more than 20 years when the city pulled out of the municipal waste transport business. Today we investigate current garbage problems in the city.

MANSFIELD – Robert Beatty and Lonnie Crawford do not attend Mansfield City Council meetings often.

But both came to the same level of concern at council meetings in January and February – a state of lawlessness when it comes to rubbish in Mansfield.

Beatty, a Walker Street resident, told the city council about ongoing garbage and trash problems in his neighborhood in the 4th district. He said landlords, homeowners and renters all need to be held accountable.

Crawford, a resident of Arch Street in the 6th district, asked why city laws don’t better regulate garbage transportation. He said too many residents don’t throw rubbish in cans, but rather leave them in bags that can be torn open by dogs on the streets and distribute rubbish all over the city.

These two most recent voices sing in line with what Richland Source heard during the Talk the Vote and Your Voice Ohio sessions with local residents.

The issues became part of the Richland Source Citizens’ Agenda presented to the council in January, and it is also something veteran journalist Doug Oplinger, project coordinator for “Your Voice Ohio,” noted in his recap to participating residents.

“A unique concern at Mansfield was cleanliness. … Residents noted that the city was not negotiating on behalf of residents to secure a garbage truck. Several companies have individual contracts with residents and there can be trash on every day Roadside Giving Week, “said Oplinger, former longtime editor in chief of the Akron Beacon Journal.

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Two of the biggest complaints from local residents are: inadequate regulation of the local garbage haulage business and inadequate enforcement of laws against illegal dumping like these tires.

The two biggest complaints from local residents were consistent: inadequate regulation of the local garbage transport business and inadequate enforcement of illegal dumping laws.

Jean Taddie, who was appointed to the Council in January 2019 to fill a post in the 6th Department, made the issues an important platform for her successful bid for the same seat in November.

“There’s too much of it. We can do something about it,” Taddie told Richland Source. “It’s frustrating that the people who have to live among the trash and trash are mostly not the people (who are causing the problems).

Jean Taddie

Jean Taddie, Representative of Mansfield City Council in the 6th district, has made waste transport regulations and illegal dumping issues central to her work as local lawmaker.

“If we really want our community to shine, if we really want economic development and investment to pull into Mansfield, if we want to say we’re proud of our city, we have to stop rolling in the trash,” said Taddie.

The roots of the current garbage transport problems go back to the 1990s, when the city began to withdraw from the municipal garbage transport business for financial reasons and in 1998 finally deleted its sanitary department.

Believe it or not, there are current city ordinances that govern the garbage haulage business – found in codified Ordinance 745 (Garbage and Garbage Collection) and Ordinance 917 (Garbage, Garbage, or Garbage Disposal). It’s been almost two decades since they were changed or updated.

City residents are required to sign a contract with several private freight forwarders who, by regulation, must pay the city an annual fee of $ 150 to obtain a license to operate the rights here.

Private hauliers set their own daily routes, which means any number of garbage trucks can drive through the same neighborhood any day of the week. This means that garbage can be disposed of on the curb in the same neighborhood several days a week.

The regulations stipulate that garbage “must not be brought for collection earlier than 6 p.m. on the day before the scheduled pick-up and that no garbage or containers must remain on the roadside for longer than 24 hours”.

However, enforcing this law, violating it is a fourth degree, is nearly impossible because there are no zoned garbage disposal areas in the city.

New Alomar Davenport City Councilor Alomar Davenport said that trash haulage was a common feature in his talks with residents.

“One of the biggest complaints is how random the garbage collectors can be when rubbish is picked up,” he said. “A constant complaint is that every day seems to be a (garbage) pick-up day for someone.”

Alomar Davenport

Alomar Davenport, 4th district representative of Mansfield City Council, asked if zoning of garbage transportation in the city was possible.

Under current law, residents are not required to use containers, which means “waterproof plastic bags” can be placed, easy prey for dogs, cats and other animals to tear into and spread.

There is also limited access to any roadside recycling exhibited by Mansfield residents. Most local private freight forwarders simply don’t offer recycling options.

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According to the Richland County Solid Waste Management District, communities in the Ohio area spend millions of dollars each year protecting the environment and public health by cleaning up illegal landfills.

Illegal dumping is an even older problem in Mansfield. To be fair, it’s a problem in many churches. According to the Richland County Solid Waste Management District, communities in the Ohio area spend millions of dollars each year protecting the environment and public health by cleaning up illegal landfills.

In addition to city laws, this is a violation of state law, punishable by up to 60 days in prison and a fine of $ 500.

But the fact that the problem is widespread doesn’t mean that Taddie and others don’t want it to be resolved, or at least reduced. It is a nightmare for the city administration to stress the codes and permits in particular.

“One of the things I found is that it’s great to have rules, regulations and laws in place,” said Mansfield Mayor Tim Theaker. “Enforcement is sometimes extremely difficult.”

In 2017, Theaker said, the city bought and placed multiple cameras in strategic locations to record criminals involved in illegal dumping. He said the video was received but was deemed insufficient evidence to pursue criminal charges.

Certainly, the city and state laws mentioned above prohibit the dumping of garbage, garbage and garbage. But it still happens on a constant basis. Taddie said it was a personal problem for her and many of the residents in her ward.

“(Illegal dumping) is probably the main phone call I got last year as a councilor,” she said. “Tires, rubbish, mattresses are dumped in the alleyways and block the street. I have a speed dial (officials enforcing city law). Not a week went by last year without calling to report something.

“Some of the trash problems we have are the result of someone’s business model. Tires are a tremendous problem in our community. I recently had 27 tires in an alley. We had 40 in a block a month ago. That doesn’t even count The stacks of tires on private property. “

Taddie also spoke of tenants who leave a house full of trash when they leave an apartment.

“This is as personal a problem for me as the house next door. I’ve seen every horror story you can imagine. People (next to their house) moved out (left rubbish behind). The beetles migrated from this house to my house.” and I had to get an exterminator, “she said.

Tomorrow: How do cities in Ohio of a size comparable to Mansfield deal with garbage trucking and illegal dumping problems? Who does it differently?

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