The Manitowoc County Public Works Department is reminding people that ashes are not allowed to be dumped at the Compost Site. The first reason for this is even if ashes seem cool they often still contain embers that can reignite and start fires. This is especially true in windy, dry conditions when they are piled amongst dry leaves. The second reason ashes are not accepted is they may contain undesirable chemicals from whatever was burned and we have no way to know if they came from clean wood, treated lumber, household trash, or worse. Those who dump ashes at the site are subject to a fine under Manitowoc County Code 6.12. Anyone with any questions about what can and cannot be dumped at the site should contact the Public Works Department at 683-4333, or at ManitowocCounty.com/RecyclingCenter.