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1/9/06-Smith County

Trash Could Be A Problem If Burn Bans Continue

County officials across East Texas are worried. While under burning bans that may last as long as three months, those in the county who are used to getting rid of their trash by burning are forbidden to do so. Now, East Texas communities are trying to figure out how to avoid a major trash problem. 

Today, Smith County commissioners met to discuss possible solutions. The county fire marshal and environmental investigator laid out different options residents have, and outlined potential environmental threats. In the end, they say until the burn bans go away, it will be up to each of us to get rid of our own trash responsibly, or face big fines.

Smith County Environmental Investigator Danny Brasher says, "It's a huge problem because they have no way of disposing of it. If you can't burn your trash, then there's only two options. One is take it to the landfill, or have a service come by and pick it up."

Smith County Fire Marshal Jim Seaton"Over a period of time, 60 to 90 days, or even a couple of weeks, we could run across a sanitation issue with rats, rodents, mosqitoes, dogs, cats, and children playing in this trash."

If you need to find a private trash collector, you can find several in the yellow pages of the phone book. Cost for weekly pick up ranges from $14 to $17 dollars per receptical. If you want to take your trash to the landfill yourself, it costs $6.50 per cubic yard about four trash bags.

Today, the Commissioner's Court approved an order continuing the declaration of a Local State of Disaster. If they are able to get more federal funds, Seaton says they might be able to qualify some people for financial aid with their trash pick-up.

Lindsay Wilcox, reporting.


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