Trash Citation Resolution and Process


The Prairie Township Trustees recently passed Resolution HR-01-20 establishing licensing requirements for residential solid waste haulers and residential solid waste collection within certain portions of the unincorporated Territory of Prairie Township.

This Resolution requires the residents to have trash service that meets the following regulations:

  • Appropriate containers must be supplied by or approved by your authorized trash hauler. 
  • Trash, debris, junk, residential refuse and garbage is to be placed in an appropriate container with tight fitting lid, strong handles, and must be water tight.
  • No bags placed outside of appropriate containers.
  • A sufficient number of trash containers must be used to contain trash.
  • Containers are not to be placed at curb prior to 24hr before scheduled pick up and must be removed from the curb within 24hrs after pickup and stored appropriately.


Authorized Trash Haulers in Prairie Township include:





Local Waste Service




Waste Management


In the event that a holiday listed below falls on or before your collection day, collection shall be delayed one calendar day, with future collections returning to regular scheduled pick-ups the following week. No collection shall occur on the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Christmas Day
Violations to this Resolution shall be subject to a civil fine.
To avoid being fined, please ensure that your trash placement
and collection meets the requirements as stated in Resolution HR-01-20.

Trash Citation Process

  1. Upon receipt of a complaint of a violation of HR-01-20, a complaint will be written up and given to the Zoning Field Inspector to inspect. 
  2. If a violation exists, a courtesy door hanger will be placed to alert the residents of the Resolution and Fines associated with non-compliance. The door hanger will give a compliance date informing occupant of the re-inspection date when the violation must be addressed or corrected by.
  3. Upon re-inspection, the Zoning Field Inspector shall determine if the violation remains or if it has been corrected. If the violation remains, the Inspector will write up a formal citation pursuant to ORC 504.06.
  4. At the next regularly scheduled Prairie Township Trustee Meeting, the Franklin County Sheriff's Department contract deputy will act as the Prairie Township Peace Officer and review citations and photographs. They will sign the citations for processing.
  5. The Zoning Field Inspector will eFile the citations with the Franklin County Clerk of Courts and obtain a court case number.
  6. Franklin County Clerk of Courts will notify the person charged with the violation of the citation.
  7. The person charged with the violation has fourteen (14) days to file their answer 
    • Admit the violation and pay the fine to the Prairie Township Fiscal Officer (or assignee) in person or by mail to 23 Maple Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43228. If the fine is paid, the case will be closed.
    • Deny the violation and request a Court Hearing.
    • If no response is received, the citation will go to a Court Hearing. 
  8. After fourteen (14) days, the Prairie Township Legal Department requests a hearing with the Franklin County Clerk of Courts who will issue Summons and Notice of Hearing to Respondent pursuant to ORC 504.07.
  9. The case will be heard before the Franklin County Environmental Court Judge on the set date. 
  10. If the person charged with the violation fails to appear for the scheduled hearing, the court may hold the person in contempt, or issue a summons or warrant for the person’s arrest pursuant to Criminal Rule 4.
  11. If the Court issues a summons and the person charged with the violation fails to appear, the court may enter a default judgment against the person and require the person to pay the fine and court costs arising from the violation.
  12. Any person whom judgment or default judgment is rendered may file an appeal to the Tenth District Court of Appeals per R.C. 504.07(E).