In 1986 the County adopted a Solid Waste Ordinance and in 2002 the County adopted a Public Nuisance Ordinance. This Division is responsible for enforcing these ordinances. These ordinances establish standards for the storage, transportation and disposal of:
Other junk and trash
The Division averages more than twenty investigations per day.
More than 10,500 violations of the Ordinance have been corrected leaving Jefferson County a cleaner, healthier, more desirable place in which to live. On April 13, 2020, the County Council amended the Public Nuisance Ordinance (PDF) to provide for appeals of public nuisance declarations to be heard by an Administrative Hearing Officer.
One result of the adoption of the Solid Waste Ordinance was the establishment of a recycling office. The office works with recyclers, municipalities, schools and civic organizations to encourage better waste reduction methods, recycling and the backyard composting of yard waste.