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Garbage hauler penalized for picking up trash too early

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) -- An owner of a trash collection company has been cited for collecting Grand Island garbage too early in the morning.

The Grand Island Independent reports that Tommy Ummel Sr., who co-owns Heartland Disposal with his son, was twice cited for violating city ordinance. Court documents say a Heartland Disposal employee began collecting garbage in Grand Island before 5 a.m. on Jan. 19 and March 1.

The younger Ummel, Tommy Ummel Jr., says the company takes the infractions seriously and says, "We want to be a good member of the community."

He says that on one of those dates the company driver thought he could start before 5 a.m. in a commercial area. In the other case, the driver simply started too early and has been reprimanded.

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