Trash hauling company pays hefty DC fine for picking up outside allowed hours

Bladensburg, Maryland-based Bates Trucking Company paid nearly $ 79,000 to resolve a complaint from the Attorney General’s DC office that it violated the district’s noise regulations by picking up the garbage early in the morning and late picked up in the night.

DC noise regulations prohibit garbage collection between 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. (Getty Images / Thinkstock / SawitreeLyaon)

Bladensburg, Maryland-based Bates Trucking Company paid nearly $ 79,000 to resolve a complaint from the Attorney General’s DC office that it violated the district’s noise regulations by picking up the garbage early in the morning and late picked up in the night.

The OAG had claimed that Bates Trucking repeatedly collected rubbish before 7 a.m. and late at night, in violation of noise regulations in neighborhoods like Dupont and Logan.

The bureau also alleged the company repeatedly ignored Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs enforcement orders, operated without a valid license, and refused to pay fines of thousands of dollars.

The OAG filed the lawsuit after investigating a referral from DCRA that received numerous noise complaints. The lawsuit was filed in July 2020.

DC noise regulations prohibit rubbish collection between 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.

Bates Trucking agreed to pay the $ 78,702 debt that will go to DC’s General Fund. The original lawsuit sought fines, penalties, and interest of $ 131,171.

In September, the company filed a response and jury request allowing or denying certain allegations in the complaint under the settlement.

The company also received a valid business license from DCRA as a result of the lawsuit, the OAG said.

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