Harrisburg leaders address trash problem

The persistent trash problem still plagues Harrisburg, and leaders say they are working to combat it.

Early next week, city council is set to vote on ordinance, which would seriously increase trash fines and penalties. The measure would double the minimum fine to $100, and the max $5,000 for repeat violations. It would also give public works more power to tackle things like illegal dumping.

Mayor Eric Papenfuse is in the midst of a so-called major trash and recycling effort that his office says will have serious impact on trash issues.

On Thursday, he spoke with us about nearly 2 dozen city businesses with unpaid trash bills, totaling – the mayor says – hundreds of thousands.

“If everybody pays the right amount, we’re going to be able to have enough revenue to lower rates across the board,” Papenfuse said.

He says the city will work with those companies and others in that city that are illegally using private haulers.

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