'York County, PA – A garbage company owned by a state senator has come under fire for using the police to intimidate and search the homes of hundreds of families who have fallen behind on their trash bills, by filing writs of execution and threatening the sell their homes.
Penn Waste, the trash company owned by State Senator Scott Wagner, has executed 263 writs of execution against homeowners and residents who have fallen behind on paying their trash bill since 2016. The extreme legal measure forces police to go into a person’s home, take an inventory of their belongings, and threaten to sell those items at auction should the homeowner not be able to scrape up enough money to pay their past-due trash bill.
According to a report from the York Daily Record, most clients’ past-due bills are small but with court costs, the small trash bills end up being costly. Wagner’s political opponents are using Penn Waste’s writs of executions to run attack ads against the legislator but we at TFTP do not engage in political attacks. We simply believe the practice of employing a legal measure to force police into extorting taxpayers to collect bills from private corporations is simply abhorrent.
Many trash companies around the country, like Republic Services, simply stop providing trash service to clients who refuse to pay their bills. They even take back their trash bins, leaving the homeowner to place the trash on the ground. The simple measure causes the trash to pile up around someone’s home, or forces them to carry the trash in their vehicles to a trash bin nearby. Both methods are smelly alternatives to regular trash pick-up so most people figure out a way of disposing of their trash or simply catching up on their trash bills.'
Read more: Trash Company, Owned by a Senator, Using Cops to Shake Down Poor Families Unable to Pay Bills
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