A California transport company faces a fine after one of its drivers allegedly dumped 1.17 tonnes of salad kits in Calhoun County on November 21.
A concerned citizen said he saw a parked tractor-trailer and accompanying salads strewn along the side of the Old Sandy Run road just after 4 p.m.
MY SRA Transport of Modesto, Calif., Now faces a fine of $ 1,000 for the alleged illegal dumping of over 500 pounds. Calhoun County officials also plan to bill the company for resources used to clean up the premises.
The total of the fine and the invoice is $ 3,053.86.
An invoice from Calhoun County says it took six employees, working at a rate of $ 25 an hour, to clean up the littered lettuce.
The invoice also charges the shipping company $ 74.29 in garbage bags, the cost of sending a certified letter, and the miles traveled to transport the salads.
A spokesperson for the transport company said the driver was “very, very sorry.”
She said the driver claimed to have delivered a full truck to one site, but the people who unloaded the truck at the previous destination left several pallets of bagged salad kits in the trailer.
He reportedly told her that he had tried calling a site where he could get rid of the salad kits, but couldn’t reach anyone.
“The dump was closed. He threw all the boxes over there, ”she said.
The driver allegedly told him he was late to another pickup site for a load. She said he was a new driver.
A hearing date is scheduled for January 13, 2022 before a Calhoun County magistrate.
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