Supervisors discuss new trash ordinance

A proposal for a tougher trash ordinance went before the Mohave County Board of Supervisors on Monday.

The proposed ordinance would close a loophole in a state law, Chief Deputy Mohave County Attorney Jace Zack said.

People often claim that someone whom they hired to remove the trash dumped it illegally.

The proposed county law would hold the "litter generator," or the owner of the trash, responsible for an illegal dump site, Zack added.

The supervisors scheduled a public hearing for Dec.

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Walter "Mac" McCarty began patrolling the county earlier this year as a volunteer for the Mohave County Sheriff's Office.

McCarty and sheriff's Sgt.

Don Bischoff handle trash cases.

McCarty has logged more than 3,700 miles investigating more than 64 cases of illegal dump sites.

"It will make our job a lot easier in enforcing illegal dumping," Sheriff Tom Sheahan said.

'This will make it easier to find out who the owner of the trash is and make them responsible for its removal."

Failing to comply within five days of notification would be a class one misdemeanor.

If the trash is more than 300 pounds, felony charges could be filed.