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Burn Ban Causing Trash Pile Up In Lubbock County

The burn ban has been in effect for over two weeks and it could create a messy situation in Lubbock County. Many county residents are used to burning their trash, but now that you can't do that what other options are there? NewsChannel 11's Kealey McIntire tells us.

Many of us have probably missed trash pickup day, but county residents used to burning their trash have almost two weeks worth of trash stocked up. The question many county residents are now asking is what to do with their garbage. Business is picking up for area trash removal companies. A long term solution is buying a dumpster for your property. Cap Rock Waste says the cost ranges from $40 to $50 a month.

NewsChannel 11 has learned of preliminary talks to work out a temporary arrangement between county residents and trash removal companies while the burn ban lasts, however it's still too soon to take action. We've also learned if the pile up gets out of hand the county could start issuing tickets. Too much trash could mean an environmental hazard plus a public nuisance. However, under no circumstances will they allow you to burn trash.

Lubbock County Civil Attorney John Grace said, "You're not going to find anybody out there who's going to say there's a safe way to do this under these conditions. It's not worth the risk."

You can also take your trash to either of the city's landfills located at 17304 FM 2528 in Abernathy, they're open weekdays seven to five, Saturday seven to noon. The other is in Lubbock at 8425 North Avenue P, open weekdays eight to five, Saturday eight to noon. The cost is roughly two and a half cents a pound.

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