County Should Require Covered Landfill Loads

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A few weeks ago, I was taking my daughter to Strawberry on a beautiful Saturday morning. As many of you know, there are some breathtaking views of the Rim country from the Beeline Highway as you travel north to our neighboring communities of Pine and Strawberry.

My daughter and I were talking and meandering up the highway when all of a sudden, a bag of trash flew toward our van and bounced to the side of the road. We looked ahead of us to see a pickup truck carrying a full load of uncovered trash, obviously heading for the landfill.

Another bag flew out of the truck, then a box, then several large pieces of Styrofoam. The driver of the truck continued on his way, unaware that his uncovered load was bouncing out of the truck and marring the beauty of the tall pines that surround the highway.

We honked and waved, yelled and flashed our lights and finally were able to call the driver's attention to the trashy trail he was leaving along the highway.

I called the landfill to ask what authority they have to enforce covered loads. Workers there told me they can charge customers who are being irresponsible with their loads an extra $10, but drivers aren't required to cover their loads.

The county should require all vehicles entering the landfill to have covered loads. This is not an expensive request. It's a bit more inconvenient and time consuming, but how much time and money will volunteers, county workers and taxpayers save in highway cleanup costs?

I would like to thank the many conscientious landfill customers who do cover their loads. For those who don't, please take the time to tie a tarp over your loaded truck bed. Required or not -- it's the right thing to do.

--Richard Haddad, publisher

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