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Waterloo to tackle overflowing garbage cans again


WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) -- The problem of overflowing garbage cans left on the curb in neighborhoods in Waterloo has gotten the City Council's attention again.

The city thought it addressed the problem last year with a new ordinance that allows it to issue a $100 fine to residents who filled their curbside automated garbage cans beyond capacity.

But it turns out the ordinance applies only to business garbage, not residential garbage.

The city discovered the error when it was getting ready to start writing tickets. Council members have asked the city attorney's office to fix the ordinance.

Waste management officials say about 300 to 500 containers are overfilled on garbage collection routes every day. Waterloo empties over 24,000 containers a week.

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