The Edmond Sun

October 24, 2012

Company says it’s addressing I-35 trash problem

James Coburn
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — The problem of trash blowing out of semi-trailer trucks traveling from the transfer station on northeast Covell onto Interstate 35 from Covell south to Sooner Road was reported to Keep Edmond Beautiful Wednesday morning.

Edmond resident Ernie Schultz spoke of how he has been trying to resolve this issue with the City of Edmond since December. In September, Schultz went before the City Council complaining of trash blowing onto the interstate.

The trucks are not secure enough to keep trash from posing a safety and litter problem, he told KEB. He had also contacted Waste Management. Waste Management is a nationwide private solid waste company that runs the transfer station.

“I think it’s awful,” said Josh Moore, KEB member.

Moore received an email from Clay Coldiron later in the day with assurances that ETS Enterprises and Waste Management are committed to resolving the “leaking trash” situation. Coldiron manages the transfer station for First Tee Trucking Services.

Schultz shared photos with KEB of unsecured trash blowing out from the back of the trailer truck. KEB member Richard Wrede said that he has also witnessed the trash from the truck littering the interstate.

“This condition exists despite Title 8, Chapter 8.32.110 of the Edmond ordinances which requires all vehicles carrying trash to be ‘so constructed or loaded as to prevent any of the load from dropping, sifting, leaking, blowing or otherwise escaping,’” Schultz said.

Waste Management is paid a fee of $31.50 a ton to drop off a load of trash. FTS hauls the trash to the landfill.

“The new trailers and tarping systems should be in place soon and in the mean time, every load will be inspected before it leaves the station,” Coldiron stated.

The Edmond Sun obtained a copy of an email from Peter Schultze, district manager of Waste Management, to Coldiron about inspection of the trailer. It was noted that the  back portion of the trailer’s tarp was not secured properly.

“I spoke with the driver and we went over the proper procedures to secure the tarp,” Schultze wrote. “In addition, after inspecting the tarp on the back end of the trailer, I made some improvements that should help the drivers secure the tarp and prevent debris from leaving the rear portion of the trailer.”

Schultze noted that he followed several of the loads after the modifications and found the modification helped.