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Posted on: September 27, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Incident with Dumpster Truck

City of Odessa Solid Waste Division discovered a 47-year-old woman in the back of one of our commercial Solid Waste vehicles.

At approximately 8:15 am while disposing at the landfill, the City of Odessa Solid Waste Division discovered a 47-year-old woman in the back of one of our commercial Solid Waste vehicles. She claimed she had been digging through a dumpster around 6 am earlier that morning on the 500 block of West 42nd Street. An ambulance was immediately dispatched to check for injuries. She sustained some injuries; however, the extent is unknown at this time.

Dumpster diving or digging through dumpsters is not only very dangerous but is also against the City of Odessa Code of Ordinances:

Sec. 13-4-15 Handling or removal of waste by unauthorized persons prohibited It shall be unlawful for any person, except a duly authorized agent or employee of the city, or an owner disposing of his own waste, or a person who has received a contract from the city or licensed by the city, to handle or remove any garbage, rubbish or solid waste placed in a city container or other receptacle. (Ordinance 97-36, sec. 1, adopted 8/26/97; 1957 Code, sec. 7-22)

It is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $2,000. For more information, please call Maryann Cedillo, Director of Communications 432.225-0537 

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