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Trashy neighbors could be violating city codes

We were wondering if you could check with city officials and find out why the residents within Medford city limits are not required to have garbage pick-up service. One neighbor burns his at night and the other fills up a trailer for two or three months and then takes it to the dump — losing a lot of it down the street as they haul it away. Needless to say, it stinks and attracts mice and rats. We checked with Rogue Disposal and they say having garbage collected is not required by the city! Please help! Thank you.

— Stinky

It’s true that people living in owner-occupied homes are not required to pay for garbage pick-up service — but that doesn’t mean they can dispose of their trash in the ways you’re describing, according to Suzi Gish with Medford code enforcement.

Burning garbage is not allowed in Medford, she said.

If your neighbor is burning trash, call code enforcement at 541-774-2016. Regular hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

And if your neighbor is burning at night, feel free to call the non-emergency dispatch number at 541-770-4784, Gish advised.

As for your other neighbors who pile garbage onto a trailer, that also is illegal, she said.

“That is absolutely not OK. It’s never OK to have an accumulation like that,” Gish said.

Call code enforcement and report the problem, she said.

Medford does have a requirement that owners provide garbage pick-up service for rental properties, Gish said.

Send questions to “Since You Asked,” Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by e-mail to youasked@mailtribune.com.