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Local owner says roll carts will cut down on illegal trash dumping at his business


Yousef Darkhalil, the owner of Boost Mobile on the Business Loop, wants to see more roll carts in Columbia after the city's decision to repeal the ban.

The city voted 4 to 3 at Monday's council meeting which paves the way for the cities to even consider the trash system.

Darkhalil says that people have been illegally dumping trash at his store for nearly 6 months, and he feels that roll carts could help. Darkhalil says it all began when the city started limiting the number of trash people could sit outside of their homes.

"We start seeing that trash end up in our dumpsters like commercial dumpsters and the worst of it was this weekend," said Darkhalil

Yousef says on Thursday the trash man came to pick up trash from two bins located in the back of his store. Yousef claims when he returned to work on Monday both bins were full of trash...but they didn't belong to his business.

"It does cost us more to get rid of this trash that people throw in it. We didn't create more trash or reduce more trash but it comes from all the neighbors dumping in it," said Darkhalil.

Darkhalil says he feels that having roll carts could give people more space to put their trash in. But the debate continues on whether to add more roll carts to the community or keep things the way they are.

Some people argue the current trash system leads to trash bags tearing and spilling. While others say roll carts are an even bigger mess to deal with.

"These things are going to be eyesores, they're going to sit in front yards and sometimes right on the curb all the time. Because a lot of people don't have anywhere else to put them," said Dan Viets, a member of Missouri's Solid Waste Advisory group.

However, Darkhalil disagrees and feels that the roll carts will fit and secure the large amounts of trash people are putting out.

"If they have a way of getting rid of it in their front yard why not? So if they can fit it all in bags or they can just put it in a roll cart and the roll carts can be sizes like small size, medium size, and big size," Darkhalil said.

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