By Joshua Scheer, lead reporter, County10.com
(Lander, Wyo.) – The Fremont County Solid Waste Disposal District Board heard arguments from a Riverton resident yesterday that the district’s policy regarding transporting trash is inadequate.
Chuck Wojcieszak approached the board at the start of Monday morning’s meeting to present a complaint. He said his system for packaging and transporting his garbage to the landfill is sufficient to meet the district’s rule of “secure.”
He said he double-bags his trash and fills them until they are 40 to 50 pounds heavy. He said due to the bags’ weight they are unable to blow out of his vehicle or tear open. However, Wojcieszak said despite using the same technique for a year and a half, the gate attendant last week fined him $5 for not securing the load. He said he was issued the fine because his load was not secured with tarp.
The current rule reads: “Solid waste conveyed to any solid waste disposal site within the District, whether a landfill, transfer station or bailing station, must be tied, covered or secured in such a manner that the waste shall not and cannot be strewn upon the streets, roads and highways within Fremont County. All loose solid waste must be secured with a lid, a tarp, or other adequate and secure cover.”
Wojcieszak argued that the district’s rules only list the tarp as an option for securing a load and doesn’t say it is the only way. He said his system satisfies the rules and accused the district for picking and choosing which part of the rule to enforce. “If it’s secure, it’s secure,” he said, later adding that if the trash made it to the landfill while in the vehicle that it was indeed secure.
“There are other remedies for this,” he said, adding that law enforcement should be issuing fines for littering and harassment of gate attendants.
A couple of the board members noted the ongoing problem of trash blowing out of vehicles.
“I need a decision from this board of whether I’m right or wrong,” he said.
Board members, including the board’s attorney Rick Sollars, agreed that the current rule needed to have any and all vagueness removed.
District Superintendent Andy Frey said the rule was put in place last May and that revisions are being considered in upcoming rule and regulation changes. There was no talk of specific changes during the meeting.
Board Chairman Mike Adams said, “Bags need to be secured inside the truck.” He added that while Wojcieszak’s bags might be heavy enough to stay inside, the gate attendants will not weigh every bag that comes through.
Wojcieszak argued that the rule never states that they load must be secured to or inside the truck.
Board member Steve Baumann called it a “prudent man thing.” “There’s a little common sense to be injected into this conversation,” he said.
Fremont County Commission Chairman Doug Thompson, the liaison to the board, said it is impossible to create any rule that covers every instance.
“We’re enforcing it the way it is written,” Sollars said.
“I totally disagree with that,” Wojcieszak responded.