Delta County’s new garbage and trash ordinance is in effect

DELTA, Colo. (KKCO) – At the Board of County Commissioners meeting on September 6, 2022, an updated ordinance prohibiting the accumulation of trash (trash) in Delta County was passed and is now in effect.

The ordinance applies to all of the unincorporated area of ​​Delta County, including public and state lands.

The purpose of the ordinance is to protect the public safety, health and welfare of the citizens and residents of Delta County by eliminating and controlling, to the extent possible, the accumulation of waste in the county. .

Waste can cause visual degradation, reduction in property value, deposition of hazardous toxic substances, attract rodents and other vermin, as well as air, noise and water pollution, hazards potential fire hazards and more.

Owners will be educated and asked to comply, then given warnings to comply, and after several failed attempts, the updated ordinance can now impose a fine.

“We’re here to educate and really help our residents comply with the updated ordinance,” Delta County Code Compliance Officer Everett Neil said, “I want to have a conversation with property owners, not just distribute tickets.”

The most notable change in the ordinance is the shift from criminal to civil enforcement in accordance with changes to state law. Civil procedure involves the ability to issue a summons and complaint (fines and penalties) to non-compliant owners. By law, the ordinance does not apply to farmland in unincorporated Delta County.

Funds from fines will help support the program.

“We’re on a mission to make Delta an even better place to live,” said Neil.

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