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Posted on: August 24, 2020

Starting Sept. 1, trash loads must be secured with tarps

Tarp or Ticket, Tarp your load or receive a fine

PHOTO: City of Victoria Environmental and Beautification coordinator Tiffany Koenig and Victoria County Precinct 1 Constable Gary Smejkal appear in a promotional image for the “Tarp or Ticket” campaign, which encourages residents to properly secure garbage during transport.

The City of Victoria Environmental Services soon will launch a campaign educating residents that starting Sept. 1, anyone transporting garbage in a truck or trailer must secure their trash using a tarp, or they could face fines or citations.

Under the Texas Transportation Code, loose material that is being transported in a vehicle bed must be covered and enclosed on all sides to prevent materials from falling out of the vehicle. Violators can be fined up to a maximum of $500.

Environmental Services has teamed up with County commissioners and City and County law enforcement for the “Tarp or Ticket” campaign, which aims to educate residents about the law and encourage everyone to do their part to keep Victoria’s roadways free of litter.

“We want people to be aware trash bags can easily be caught by the wind and blown out of a vehicle,” said Tiffany Koenig, City of Victoria Environmental and Beautification coordinator. “This is just one way for people to support beautification and take pride in their community." 

Anyone disposing of an uncovered load at the Victoria City Landfill, 18141 FM 1686, on or after Sept. 1 will be charged an additional $30 fee. Proceeds from the fee will be used to fund litter cleanup in the area.

Gary Smejkal, Victoria County constable for Precinct 1, where the landfill is located, said violators will not be permitted to continue driving with an unsecured load and instead must call someone to bring a tarp before they can proceed to the landfill.

Environmental Services collaborated with Communications & Public Affairs to produce a public service announcement and design a billboard informing residents of the need to secure their trash. In addition, flyers will be distributed at the landfill to raise awareness of the law and the new fee. Information about the campaign will be shared on the City of Victoria and Environmental Services social media pages and published in the City’s newsletter, The City View.

For more information, contact Environmental Services at 361-485-3230.

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