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Council to Discuss Handling Downtown Salisbury Trash Dumping

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SALISBURY, Md.-The City of Salisbury has a bit of a trash problem on its hands.

The city's Department of Public works told WBOC that some people living above businesses downtown are throwing away bags full of garbage in public trash cans.

Some businesses downtown also told WBOC that those public trash cans are over flowing and at times even their own dumpsters are being used for trash that isn't even theirs.

"There are a host of people basically coming back and forth in this area like shopping, along with the apartments here as well," said William Collier who does cleaning and some maintenance for the restaurant Roadie Joe's, "people are coming down and dumping their trash early in the mornings."

Collier said that with people living in apartments and lofts above some of the businesses on Main Street, there is no other way for them to throw away their trash but only into the public trash cans.

Collier said he makes sure store fronts look clean and appealing but when he sees the trash barrels overflowing it completely takes away the usually pristine look of the area.

"With more people coming here and apartments being rented we need more trash cans as well," Collier said.

Michael Moulds, who is the city's Public Works Director said that right now there is no dedicated service for  trash pick up, especially because the downtown area doesn't have such a high demand.

However, Jeremy Norton, who is the owner of Roadie Joe's said that he disagrees.  

He said that he notices plenty of trash in his dumpster which doesn't come from his restaurant. 
     
"Roadie Joe's dumpster is the only dumpster in pretty much all of downtown plaza," Norton said, "so a lot residents use it, other businesses are using it and it's just becoming an issue."

Moulds said that the city will be talking about designating an area where residents can throw away their trash. That idea will go before the Historic District Commission for approval next week. That will include two 300 gallon trash containers in addition to a mixed use recycling container in Salisbury.   

 

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