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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Some garbage haulers and residents in Sioux Falls are worried about a proposed ordinance that would require people to keep their trash cans hidden.

The City Council is expected to vote next week on the ordinance, which would require garbage cans to be inside, behind, or beside a structure. Current city law requires only an "inconspicuous" spot, the Argus Leader newspaper reported.

The proposal is in response to concerns voiced by resident John LaVergne.

"To me, it's just a vote on city aesthetics," he said.

Landfill Superintendent Dave McElroy said his department gets several similar complaints a year from people who don't like the sight of their neighbor's trash bins.

Resident Mark Liepha said he doesn't like the idea of the city dictating where people can keep their cans.

"There's not a lot of space in people's garages," he said.

Some garbage haulers are worried that people would forget to put their trash out on collection day, forcing drivers to have to hunt for cans. That would require more drivers, more time and more fuel, said Johnn Cressman, owner of Cressman Sanitation.

"Like any business in the world, we would have to raise our prices," he said.