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Jackson Trash Haulers Receive Notice

JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS)- Jackson city officials sent all 17 trash haulers a notice that if they don't pass some new, stricter inspections, they won't be allowed to work.

Robert Fairbotham's company is called the Handyman Works, except today he can't.

"We've been here all this time, doing all this work. And they're not really understanding - hey wait a minute we've had these guys' help for years. Why are we doing this to them?" said Fairbotham.

Monday he received a letter from the city dated July 12 saying he can't collect garbage without a license and to get one, his truck needs to be up to code. That means he needs a water-tight metal box for the bed of his truck where he hauls the garbage he collects. And so he's building one.

The Department of Public Works Director, Todd Knepper says that while it seems like the haulers were not given much notice, the city told the haulers about these requirements back in May.

The letter was sent last week because Knepper says "it's time to pick up enforcement a little bit. And it's goes along with the neighborhood economic revitalization program that's been on going for a couple years now, too," said Knepper.

Not only a city ordinance, since 2005 the state has required garbage trucks to be water-tight.

"It's not personal by means of trying to get rid of some of the smaller haulers, but we're trying to make improvements that will show to the community," said Knepper.

$400 for the box, $3,000 for a new suspension so his truck can carry the extra weight, Fairbotham says these strict requirements feel personal.

"All of us single haulers out here, we've been doing good. Don't kick us to the curb," Fairbotham said. 

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