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A number of fires have occurred at various recycling and solid waste facilities within the City limits in the past. Facilities operating without proper safeguards can have a far-reaching detrimental effect on the health of our community. Cleaning up violations can require the services of Federal, State, and Local agencies – and, at a financial burden that can be a drain on City resources.

In response to these events, Community Revitalization has specifically addressed solid waste and recycling business operators within the City with the goal of improving public health and safety while identifying environmental crimes which pose a threat to citizens. Community Revitalization Inspectors work closely with numerous agencies, including Federal and State Environmental Protectionagencies, the Department of Toxic Substance Control, the local Certified Unified Program Authority, and U. S. Attorney’s Office.To enforce the City’s Solid Waste and Recycling Ordinance, Inspectors conduct annual inspections of all such facilities to determine whether they are operating within the constraints of their permits.

Inspectors have a number of powerful enforcement tools, granted through the Ordinance with which to achieve their mandated goals. These tools range from administrative civil penalties of up to $2,500 a day to the various enforcement and abatement options available under the Public Nuisance Abatement Ordinance. Other remedies may include civil lawsuits and criminal citations. The Ordinance further provides that solid waste and recycling facilities are subject to an annual permit of $1,000.

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Additional information can be obtained by contacting Community Revitalization at (559) 621-8400 or on our on-line reporting system.

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