When the Paris City Council met on Monday, June 5, one of the items up for discussion was a recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission that the city ban makeshift trash bins in Paris.

As it turns out, the recommendation was unnecessary because those makeshift bins — described by Paris Mayor Daniel Rogers as plastic or wooden trash bins in which open trash is sometimes placed for collection — are prohibited by ordinance, according to information given to the City Council by City Attorney Corey Wells.

Rogers said he’s going to insist on compliance with the ordinance. Rogers said a letter will be posted at homes where the bins are in use telling the occupant that as of Aug. 1, trash will not be collected at the residence unless the bins are removed.

“We will tell them that we won’t collect trash from those bins and they need to get rid of them,” Rogers said last week. “They need to get a trash can or put bagged trash at the curbside the day their trash is to be collected. If that is ignored, we can send them a letter giving them time to comply. If that is ignored, we can remove the bins and bill them for the time or issue a citation.

“Makeshift bins have to be removed,” Rogers said. “We get lots of complaints about them being unsightly and unsanitary.”