The Pryor Times

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January 25, 2010

Illegal dumping a costly problem

It seems inevitable that there be an occasional foreign bag of trash in one of the many dumpsters at local businesses, schools, churches and more. But in Pryor, it’s getting out of hand, according to Pryor Police.

“Businesses and churches and such rent these dumpsters to be placed on their premises,” Sergeant Brent Crittenden said. “It’s becoming an issue about people dumping personal trash and scrap in these dumpsters.”

Bill Dinsmore, owner of Pryor Waste & Recycling (PWR), explained how the

illegal dumping affects every citizen.

“The most expensive thing about trash, when you’re figuring the costs, is disposal,” Dinsmore said. “It’s not so much the picking up of the trash, it’s disposing of it in a legal and proper way, according to the state.”

PWR operates a transfer station. There the garbage is sorted for transfer to various disposal options, such as recycling. The landfill garbage is taken to Tulsa where it is disposed of. This option, while necessary, is expensive and based on the amount deposited.

“The more trash I have to take to Tulsa, the more it costs,” Dinsmore said. “We try to do everything we can to reduce the

volume going to Tulsa. That keeps our cost down and that keeps our customer’s cost down.”

Crittenden said the police department has received several complaints from businesses regarding their on-site dumpsters.

“People are filling the dumpster up to the point that the businesses aren’t even able to use it because it’s full,” he said.

Dinsmore said he receives the unhappy phone calls as well. Some are from his customers who think PWR didn’t pick up the trash because their dumpster was full.

“We get a lot of people who have a tendency to blame us for not servicing their container,” he said. “That just isn’t the case.”

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