CONCORD – In addition to its residential garbage and recycling collection programs, the City of Concord provides free curbside collection of yard waste and bulky waste for citizens. Bulky waste refers to items too large to fit inside the rollout garbage container, like tires, furniture, appliances, and scrap metal. However, many non-residents are taking advantage of the City’s residential service and turning property owners into victims.
“We're receiving increasing reports about contractors and others illegally bringing yard waste and bulky waste from outside of Concord and placing these materials in front of residences, hoping to have those items collected by the City, free of charge,” said Allen Scott, Solid Waste Services Director. “These folks are taking advantage of tax paying citizens. We are asking our citizens to help us, by being on the lookout for this illegal behavior.”
Illegal dumping is a familiar topic for Larry Mullis, Gibson Village Neighborhood Association President. “We encourage our residents to call the City to report illegal dumping at every neighborhood meeting,” he said. “We've seen piles of tires, shingles, construction debris, and other things at several locations in the community, especially in front of vacant rental homes.”
Scott asks all Concord citizens to be on the lookout for illegal dumping, and to report it if they see it. It is helpful if you can describe the vehicle or provide a license plate number when you call.
In many cases, the property owner must pay to remove excess or improperly prepared materials, even if someone else puts it in front of their property. These materials not only detract from the neighborhood appearance, but they tend to attract more illegal dumping.
Scott also reminds citizens to call in to schedule legitimate bulky waste collection
. “Only about thirty percent of all bulky waste piles are scheduled for collection. Scheduling bulky waste collection helps to keep the collection costs low and saves valuable tax dollars in the process,” he explained.
“We need citizens to call our Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555 at least two business days in advance of their regular pickup day to schedule bulky waste collection. This will help us distinguish legitimate piles from illegal ones. Our citizens are vigilant; we know with their help we can better address this issue.”
For more information, to schedule a legitimate bulky waste collection, or to report illegal dumping, call the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555.