Streets/parks maintenance crews with the Town of Vail Public Works Department have been faced with recent abuses of improper refuse disposal in neighborhood parks and other public places in which the containers are being used to illegally deposit household waste and garbage. In some instances, multiple garbage bags have been dumped next to the town’s receptacles in anticipation of proper disposal by town crews.
The Vail Police Department reminds the public that the town’s bear-proof containers are not designed to accommodate household refuse. The containers are provided for the benefit of passersby to allow them to discard small items of refuse while enjoying the public spaces.
Vail Police Detective Sgt. Luke Causey says the practice of dumping trash in public spaces is not only illegal but threatens wildlife in the area. “For years, our neighborhoods have worked hard to comply with requirements for wildlife-proof containers that are secured when not in use and to limit the amount of time these containers are placed on the curb for collection. To see these abuses are a tremendous disappointment for our community and violate the very values of living in the mountains while coexisting with wildlife.”
Violators are subject to a summons to municipal court with fines up to $2,650. To report an illegal activity, contact the non-emergency line of the Vail Police Department at 970-479 2201.
Contact: Detective Sgt. Luke Causey
Vail Police Department