By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – It’d be nice if, after emptying your trash, Waste Management also rolled your bin back to the house.
But you know it doesn’t work that way.
You also probably know you’re supposed to remove your bin from the curb within a reasonable amount of time after collection.
Twelve hours, according to Tupelo’s development code. After that, it constitutes a violation and can cost you up to $1,000 in fines and six months in jail.
Don’t worry. Officers aren’t spying your house on trash day with a stopwatch. But if your neighbors complain, you’ll likely get a warning. If you ignore the warning, you’ll probably get a citation and a minor fine.
If you keep ignoring it, though, don’t say we didn’t warn you.
“Generally speaking, it hasn’t been a real big problem,” said Sherrie Cochran, who is a code enforcement officer. “When we find there is a problem, sometimes it’s the elderly.”
The code does recognize that, due to physical limitations, some homeowners need assistance with their bins and instructs the trash hauler to lend a hand. And Waste Management does provide that service for those with permanent or short-term disabilities.
Able bodies, though, are on their own.
Homeowners also are required to keep the area around their trash bins clean and tidy – no wrappers scattered around the bin or discarded yogurt dripping down the side and onto the ground.
That rule applies whether the bin’s near your house or at the curb.
And it goes for commercial property owners, too, who are required to arrange for their own waste collection through an approved hauler.
Commercial properties also must hide their garbage containers from view with a solid enclosure that matches the style of the building.
“There are health and safety issues with this,” Cochran said. “There are some cities that have big rat and rodent problems because of unclean containers. We don’t have that.”
THIS IS PART 8 in a series of stories about common Tupelo code violations heavily targeted this summer by the city. The first stories were
about house numbers, yard parking, signs and banners, junk vehicles,
outdoor storage, lot mowing and fences. Other stories will be:
June 25: Landscape maintenance
July 2: Commercial codes
TO ASK A QUESTION or report code violations, call the Tupelo Development Services Department at (662) 841-6510 and ask to speak
to the Code Enforcement Division.