The Pageland Town Council may be proud of the town’s new rollout trash carts, but that doesn’t mean they want to see them all the time. The council passed first reading of an ordinance that would allow residents to leave the trash containers beside the street for no more than 48 hours, up to 24 hours before and after the scheduled pickup time.
Mayor Brian Hough explained the ordinance at the council’s May 1 meeting and said it was written with a 24-hour time limit to leave the cans at curbside. Councilman Shane Hancock said 24 hours would have been too restrictive, particularly for residents who work odd hours or work out of town.
“You’ve got truck drivers. You’ve got guys who keep odd hours. I’m a firm believer that there should some type of time limit, but we need to stretch it out a little bit,” Hancock said. “Not everybody has a 7 o’clock to 3 o’clock job.”
The council agreed to extend the proposed time limit from 24 hours to 48.
The ordinance provides for a written warning for the first offense, a $25 fine for the second offense and $50 for a third offense.
Hough said the intent of the new rule is to make the town look neater, not to collect fines.
“What this is designed to do is to encourage people to put the rollout carts not out of sight but it means they can’t be left at the street, beside the sidewalk or beside the driveway,” Hough said. “Our intent was that they be stored near the customer’s home rather than left out on the street seven days a week.”
Public Works Director Wesley Miles said most people do retrieve their cart soon after it is emptied, but there are those who don’t. He said informing residents of the ordinance will be a key to its success.
“As long as everybody knows what the rules are I don’t think we’ll have a problem,” he said. “It’s going to take a little bit of time.”
The first reading was passed unanimously. A second reading is required to pass before the ordinance becomes law. That vote is expected at the council’s next regular meeting June 5.