Breckenridge moves to impose fines for illegal dumping |

Breckenridge moves to impose fines for illegal dumping

Breckenridge Town Council supported creating a new municipal offense for people and businesses found to be using town-owned trash receptacles illegally Tuesday on first reading.
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Breckenridge Town Council unanimously supported an ordinance Tuesday on first reading creating a new municipal offense for anyone found to be abusing town-owned trash receptacles.

According to town staff, the ordinance is not intended to target people who unload small amounts of trash accumulated while traveling throughout town. Rather, it gives Breckenridge the option to fine people who dump household and commercial waste in town-owned cans.

Per the ordinance, if the town finds identifying information on any household or business trash in a public receptacle, that person or business would be presumed responsible.

If passed on second reading, the ordinance would assess fines ranging from $20-$500 for a first offense, $50-$1,000 for a second conviction and $100-$1,000 for a third or subsequent violations.

Additionally, language in the ordinance would give a municipal court judge the option to suspend any portion of a fine that goes above the mandatory minimum should the violator agree to pick up litter for no less than eight hours on a first conviction or 16 hours for subsequent convictions.

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