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September 15, 2019

8/29/2019 2:03:00 PM
Area hauler gets notice of suspended license as of Sept. 2

Terry’s Disposal is slated to see its waste hauling license suspended as of September 2. Terry’s Disposal will not be permitted to collect waste in the county due to lack of action on conditions agreed to, in order to bring the business into compliance with permitted operations.
According to Kurt Schneider, Director of Environmental Services and Zoning, the county will continue working with owner Terry Flor to remedy the situation and anytime now or after Sept 2  Flor could avoid suspension, or get the suspension lifted.

Schneider said customers ought to contact Terry’s Disposal directly with concerns or questions. He noted the county itself has its trash hauling with Flor, at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility in North Branch.

Terry Flor was scheduled for a September 11 pre-trial hearing regarding a misdemeanor permit offense that earlier curtailed his on-site recycling operations.  He was cited for violating conditions of his permit for operating his recycling sorting, located on Harder Avenue in rural North Branch.  Flor was stockpiling items like tires, mattresses, etc.  that were beyond the household recyclables (aluminum, cardboard) he was permitted to store and sort.   
Terry’s Disposal operates as its own recycler. 
Flor, 68,  and staff breakdown materials on-site rather than doing what most waste haulers do-- which is to dispose of in-tact recyclables at independent processors. And, most waste haulers reject problem materials like tires, appliances, etc.  

The county inspected Flor’s property in rural North Branch and charged him in late 2018 for not complying with recycling facility permit conditions.  

Terry’s Disposal recycling was halted and site clean-up was ordered, but he was allowed to continue the hauling part of his service.

He pleaded not guilty to the permit non-compliance January 2, 2019.  

 The recycling stockpiling was still disallowed.

In a subsequent hearing last spring he was granted a public defender and the misdemeanor pre-trial hearing was set for Sept. 11.

Schneider explained that North Branch city and county officials visited the business site, and saw that quantities of the prohibited materials had accumulated.  Rather than allow the unpermitted practices to continue, the notice of hauling operations suspension was sent declaring the Sept 2 deadline.

 “If he can show that materials are going elsewhere,” Schneider explained, and customers are made aware that trucks will no longer pickup prohibited items, the county will gladly work with him on compliance.

Schneider added that shutting down a viable trash hauler company is not the desired outcome, but the environmental aspects of this on-going situation must be addressed satisfactorily.

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