New city ordinance targets streetside junkpiles

Tired of seeing refrigerators, mattresses, couches and La-Z-Boy recliners piled up next to the street? A new plan approved by Darlington City Council Monday night aims to reduce residential junkpiles.

Under an ordinance OK’d June 29 by council, this type of household junk – technically called “bulky refuse” – will mean a $100 fine for the person who left it there. The fine will appear on residents’ water bills.

Many people leave “bulky refuse” on the street thinking that the city will pick it up sooner or later, but that’s not the city’s job. The new ordinance spells out that Darlington will not pick up things like “refrigerators, ranges, water heaters, freezers, dishwashers, trash compactors, washers, dryers, air conditioners and commercial large appliances.”

Author: Rachel Howell

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