Many dumpsters do not have covers and are filled beyond their loading capacity by users. Dangerous and hazardous debris and materials then pile up around the dumpsters often in areas to which the public, including children, have access.
The over filled dumpster in front of Dillards at Eastdale Mall is a good example (See Fig. 1 below). This dumpster has rusty drain pipes and construction debris littering the parking lot, creating not only an eyesore, but a hazardous condition.
All over town there are similar dumpsters left uncovered and overflowing. These stand unserviced for weeks collecting water and serving as breeding grounds for mosquitoes and flies. This is particularly dangerous with West Nile virus on the rise.
Montgomery needs to clean up its act and license the users, not the haulers, of dumpsters. Then if dumpsters are misused those responsible should be fined or jailed for repeated offenses. The proceeds could be used to support not only the dumpster user licensing program, but public education or other vital city services.
Let's get tough on those who are misusing dumpsters before more people die from the diseases carried by the flies and mosquitoes breeding in these steel coffins!
Date: 25 September, 2002
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