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MADISON, N.C. -- The Rockingham County Public Landfill will begin issuing fines Tuesday, as it implements a new policy to crack down on littering and public safety hazards caused by unsecured/uncovered loads.

Michael McElhare, the Rockingham County solid waste program manager, explained the fee is an expansion of the county littering ordinance already in effect. He said the county commissioners and manager separately reached out to him to help curb recurring instances of littering on county roads and public property. Under the ordinance, people can receive $75- to $500- dollar fines. This landfill fine would be only $10 per unsecured/uncovered load.

"The Sheriff's Office does what it can, but they can't be everywhere. We can stop people from coming into the landfill with unsecured/uncovered loads. People already are starting to comply," McElhare said.

He explained landfill employees will inspect all vehicles entering the landfill. Those found to have an unsecured/uncovered load must pay a $10 fee (prior to leaving the scale on the way to the convenience center/fill face), or else they cannot dump their contents at the landfill. Drivers who pay the $10 fee will receive a complimentary tarp from the landfill.

McElhare explained July 1 is the beginning of the fiscal year, which is why the policy is being implemented now. However, he said the county has been publicizing about the policy since April.

The Rockingham County Public Landfill is located on Shuff Road in Madison and is open Mondays through Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Rockingham County Public Landfill will begin issuing fines Tuesday, as it implements a new policy to crack down on littering and public safety hazards caused by unsecured/uncovered loads. WFMY News 2

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