Taking out the trash: City of Ozark to fix trash dumping problem

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OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — Susan Lane in Ozark has become a place where people go to dump their trash and unwanted items. Now, the city and its residents are hoping to fix that.

Resident Ian Paschky has lived on Susan Lane for almost seven years and has seen many people come and go to dump trash and other items.

“Usually the trash is where that opening is at, where that clay pit is at,” Paschky said. “That’s where it started. But after a while it wasn’t just a bag or two, they threw a toilet, a sink, like a couch and like two chairs. It was just all huge pieces.”

Ozark Director of Safety and Code Enforcement Officer Tyler Herst explained that when people move or leave their homes, they usually get rid of the large items and many find their way to main roads or even the woods.

“We will pick up anything you that you put out beside your can but some people tend to like to litter,” Herst said. “And it’s unfortunate because the trash trucks don’t run those ways on a daily basis so it may sit there until somebody observes it and lets us know. It may be off a beaten path where maybe my rounds don’t find it.”

Herst did say that no matter what you put by your trash cans, the trucks will take it.

Any future problems with trash or any local codes can be fixed by reaching out to city hall or the local health inspectors’ office.

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