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Strict enforcement of Keokuk trash pickup rules is garbage, some residents say

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KEOKUK, Ia. (WGEM) -

Some Keokuk residents say stricter enforcement of a trash pickup rule is a bunch of garbage. Trash haulers won't dump trash cans if the lids aren't shut, no exceptions.

While some people say that's over the top, but the city is defending the practice.

When Keokuk resident Chris Ryland went to pick up his trash can after pickup day last week, not only was the trash still in the can, but there was a note left by the city.

The note stated that Ryland's trash can lid was not secured properly, and that his trash would not be collected as part of a stricter enforcement by the city.

Ryland claims his can was only open a half an inch and said the city is being too picky.

"I think that the city employees have it within their abilities to make good judgement calls, and I don't think that is too much to ask," said Ryland.

Keokuk Mayor Tom Marion said the goal of the stricter enforcement is to comply with state regulations and help the environment.

"By cutting down the amount of garbage we collect by not collecting anything without a closed lid then we encourage recycling and a cut down of our garbage by 25 percent," said Marion. 

But, Ryland said he worries the new trash can enforcement will not only impact him, but the elderly in the community.

"Especially with the elderly in this community. If their trash happens to be propping their lid up just slightly. What are they to do with the trash that the city is refusing to pick up? Which in itself is creating a hazard," said Ryland.

City officials said they will not fine any residents for violating the rule, but they will not collect your trash if your lid is not secured.

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