Secure Your Load
An explanation of the “Secured Trash Ordinance” in Jackson County
“SECURE YOUR TRASH” - Transportation of Solid Waste?
County Codified Ordinance Section 1864.16
- The transportation by a person of solid waste or recyclable materials generated by such person, or those who reside in the same household, to an authorized disposal site, facility or market, is permitted.
- When transporting solid waste or recyclable materials, the trash must be covered or tied in such a way as to prevent the material from blowing, leaking, spilling or shifting off onto public rights of way or public or private lands.
TRANSPORTATIONSolid Waste and Recyclable Materials
No person shall transport recyclable materials in or on a motor vehicle or trailer upon a public road unless such recyclable materials or solid waste is covered and secured.
“Covered and Secured” includes:
Loads which are totally contained within an enclosed vehicle or container;
Loads of refuse contained in garbage cans with tightly fitting lids, tied plastic refuse disposal bags or similar totally enclosed individual containers and are completely contained within the walls of a vehicle or container, such that none can reasonably be expected to escape during hauling;
Loads of refuse which are covered, as with a cloth or plastic tarp, and tied into the hauling vehicle, such that no refuse can reasonably be expected to escape during hauling;
Loads of brush, building materials and similar bulky materials which are tied into the hauling vehicle or completely contained within the walls of a vehicle or container, such that none can reasonably be expected to escape during hauling; or
Loads consisting entirely of rock, concrete, asphalt paving, stumps and similar materials and are completely contained within the walls of a vehicle or container, such that none can reasonably be expected to escape during hauling.
IS MY TRASH CONSIDERED SECURE?Not if it looks like the following:
Bulky items that are not completely contained within the sidewalls of the vehicle must be adequately strapped down.
If material is being hauled in tied bags, it must be tarped if the bags extend above the sidewalls.
If the tarp is too small, torn, or inadequately tied, the trash is not considered secure.
If loose material is being hauled in an open vehicle, the trash must be tarped, even if it’s below the sidewalls.
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELFIs there a chance of debris falling out of my vehicle?
Would I feel safe if I were following MY own vehicle?
Would I want MY loaded vehicle driving through MY neighborhood?
Do I need to drive slower than I normally do?
Is my trash secured on the bottom, sides, AND top?
Is non-secured trash worth the risk of a fine that could be imposed by law enforcement?
WHEN IN DOUBT, TARP YOUR TRASH
Jackson County Code Enforcement