SECURED Loads

City Ordinance requires that all loads hauled in an open bed or trailer be secured to prevent the spread of garbage and other materials throughout the City. The fine for failure to secure a load can reach as high as $359.00. In addition to a possible fine, if an unsecured load is brought to the transfer station or city landfill you will be charged an additional fee of $25.00 to dump your material.

A secured load is defined as follows:

  • Waste material is completely covered with a tarp, cargo net, wire screen or other covering adequate to prevent the trash or other refuse from escaping therefrom, and said covering shall be securely tied to the bed of the vehicle or trailer, or 
  • Large waste material items must be securely tied to the bed of the vehicle or trailer with ropes or straps adequate to prevent the large items from escaping therefrom, or
  • Brush or tree limbs must be securely tied to the bed of the vehicle or trailer with ropes or straps of adequate strength and number, or covered completely with a tarp, cargo net, wire screen or other covering adequate to prevent the trash or other refuse from escaping therefrom, or 
  • The waste material is completely enclosed by the load-carrying compartment of the vehicle

Sec. 26-694 Vehicle Requirements


Any vehicle used for solid waste collection by a private hauler will be required to have a completely enclosed bed or body with a solid bottom and sides, equipped with a top or cover which will permit the complete enclosure of the contents of the bed or body. Such cover or top shall be used at any time the vehicle is transporting municipal solid waste over city streets and alleys.

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Possible $359.00 fine and $25.00 Charge


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Possible $359.00 fine and $25.00 Charge


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Meets ordinance requirements               

Meets ordinance requirements