Trailers’ trash draws state’s ire

mstucka@macon.comJuly 24, 2013 

A Bibb County trailer park got in trouble for its trash.

The Evergreen Estates Mobile Home Park agreed to a $1,500 fine after inspectors discovered two trash dumps on the property at 5424 Houston Road.

On April 17, Georgia Environmental Protection Division inspectors discovered the first dump that included roofing shingles and other construction debris, scrap tires, sofas and television sets. The next day, inspectors went to get a closer look at a second dump when they discovered the first dump was on fire.

According to a consent order signed this month, the co-owner of the trailer park said he was “getting rid” of the material while using a burn permit from the Georgia Forestry Commission. He didn’t have a burn permit, and a deputy called the fire department.

“The Macon-Bibb Fire Department arrived and began to extinguish the fire; the co-owner insisted that the fire crew allow the material to burn and began to return material to the fire as the fire crew was removing it,” the consent order reads. A firefighter complained, and a deputy took the co-owner away from the fire.

A state law, the Air Quality Act, allows fines of as much as $25,000 per day for open burning of trash. State law also allows fines of $25,000 under the Solid Waste Act for violations such as running an open dump.

The state’s order was signed July 8. It gives Evergreen Estates Mobile Home Park 30 days to remove the scrap tires, other waste and ashes.

The trailer park also must pay a $1,500 fine and write a plan describing how the violations will never reoccur.

To contact writer Mike Stucka, call 744-4251.

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