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From the Attorney General’s Office for the District of Columbia:
Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced an agreement today that Bates Trucking Co. Inc., a solid waste disposal company, would provide the district with $ 78,702 for illegal late-night and early collection in neighborhoods such as Dupont Circle and Logan Circle have to pay in the morning. The settlement settles a lawsuit filed by the Attorney General’s Office (OAG) in July 2020 alleging that Bates Trucking repeatedly collected trash before 7:00 a.m. in violation of the district’s noise regulations and operated without a valid license. The department’s enforcement notices have repeatedly been ignored by Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) and refused to pay thousands of dollars in fines. The OAG filed the lawsuit after investigating a DCRA referral that received numerous noise complaints about Bates trucking from residents of the district.
“The district law requires that companies that transport garbage have valid licenses, only work during certain periods of time, and must pay all fines imposed on them immediately,” said AG Racine. “Today’s deal blames Bates Trucking for operating unlicensed, illegally collecting garbage early in the morning, ignoring DC government enforcement measures, and not paying thousands of dollars in fines. The Attorney General will continue to work with DCRA to crack down on companies that chronically refuse to comply with the district law. “
Bates Trucking Co. Inc. is a solid waste disposal company headquartered in Maryland. It provides residential and commercial garbage collection and recycling services in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
According to district regulations, garbage disposal companies must be licensed by DCRA. Businesses are not allowed to collect rubbish in residential areas during the night and early morning hours (between 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.) to ensure that the noise does not disturb residents during the hours they normally sleep. These regulations are enforced by DCRA. However, if a company fails to pay fines or refuses to comply, DCRA can refer the matter to the OAG, which can refer the matter to the Supreme Court to collect fines and seek other legal relief.
In its complaint, the OAG alleged that Bates Trucking violated district law by operating with a revoked business license, collecting trash at least seven times before 7:00 a.m. in the Dupont Circle and Logan Circle neighborhoods in 2020, and failing to pay thousands US dollar fines issued by DCRA between 2013 and 2018. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, Bates Trucking will pay $ 78,702.00 which will go to the district general fund. Bates Trucking also received a valid business license from DCRA as a result of the OAG lawsuit.
“District residents have the right to a reasonable amount of rest during the night. If we hear from local residents that a private garbage company is working late at night or early in the morning when people are sleeping, we take action, ”said Ernest Chrappah, director of DCRA. “While cases against companies like Bates Trucking Company can take time to resolve, we want to send a clear message to business owners who operate without proper licenses and who do not follow regulations set by the county government that their measures are being followed tolerated. “
A copy of the complaint can be found at: https://oag.dc.gov/sites/default/files/2020-12/Bates-Trucking-Complaint.pdf
You can find a copy of the settlement agreement at:: https://oag.dc.gov/sites/default/files/2020-12/Bates-Trucking-Settlement.pdf
Report garbage truck noise
If you believe private garbage trucks are operating outside of the hours permitted by district law, you can file a complaint with DCRA at 202-442-4400 or online at dcra.dc.gov.
Report unfair business practices
To report fraud, fraud, or unfair business practices, email the OAG Consumer Protection Office at (202) 442-9828 [email protected]or file a complaint online. “