Thursday, October 02, 2008

County Residents Can Use Any Trash Hauler They Desire

Attorneys say St. Louis County cannot force residents to pay a “monopoly” trash hauler for services not wanted. The only way a resident might be obligated to pay is if you allow a hauler to take your trash. If you do, you are at least obligated to pay for that day’s service.

If you contract with another hauler, it’s suggested that you place a sign on your trash container stating that you refuse the service and that only your hauler, (hauler’s name), is allowed to take your trash.

According to Pat Redington, County Attorney, “The code does not provide for County prosecution of individuals who fail to pay their assigned hauler.”

If an unauthorized hauler invoices you for services not wanted, you can refuse to pay without any legal repercussion.

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