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Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

West Kittanning officials are going to monitor what goes into its dumpster, and who is putting it there, after finding it nearly full of vinyl siding last weekend.

Council will fence in the dumpster, which has sat behind its public works garage for at least 35 years, and monitor it with security cameras. They also plan to post signs outlining what is allowed in the dumpster.

The borough provides the dumpster for things like lawn chairs, cardboard boxes or lightweight plastics — but not for household garbage, furniture, electronics, yard clippings or construction items.

The unidentified contractor who dumped the vinyl siding has agreed to split the cost of emptying the dumpster, said Councilman Henry Mores.

“Everything is copacetic now,” Mores said. “The fence and sign should curtail 99 percent of our issues with the dumpster.”

West Kittanning is the only borough in Armstrong County providing a community dumpster for its residents, Mores said. The dumpster is leased through Waste Management and costs $425 to empty it —which in the summer is usually done twice a month.

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1337, or

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