Dump­ing site ‘on­go­ing prob­lem’

North Bay Nugget - - FRONT PAGE - Jen­nifer Hamil­ton-mc­cha­rles

In the heart of the city a va­cant piece of land is once again be­com­ing an il­le­gal dump­ing site.

Coun. Mike An­thony, who raised con­cerns back in 2016, has re­ceived calls about the bro­ken gro­cery carts, fur­ni­ture, con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als like pip­ing and tub­ing and shin­gles scat­tered around the prop­erty off Sher­brooke Street.

He said the area was cleaned up, how­ever it’s be­come a pop­u­lar spot for peo­ple to dis­card un­wanted items.

“Il­le­gal dump­ing is an on­go­ing prob­lem and un­for­tu­nately we will not be able to stamp it out,” An­thony said.

“The main con­cern is how close it is to the core of the city. They’re brazen enough to do this and they’re get­ting bolder,” he said.

“I’m al­ways sur­prised to see how com­fort­able peo­ple are break­ing the law, es­pe­cially so close to the core. Of­ten il­le­gal dump­ing hap­pens in out­ly­ing ar­eas.”

An­thony said he’s con­tacted the city’s by­law en­force­ment of­fi­cer Ron Mel­nyk about the is­sue.

“If the prop­erty is pri­vately owned the land owner will be re­spon­si­ble to clean it up, how­ever if it’s city-owned land, crews will have to at­tend the site.”

The site, which is where taxi driv­ers of­ten wait for calls, doesn’t look too bad from the road, how­ever once you walk along the trails it’s a dif­fer­ent story.

Garbage bags of food un­doubt­edly at­tract an­i­mals and ro­dents to the area, and cloth­ing and house­hold items are lit­tered through­out the long grass.

“It’s cer­tainly dis­ap­point­ing to see, but the last time this is­sue was raised we were able to clean 15 sites through­out the city,” An­thony said.

“Busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als are re­spon­si­ble for han­dling their own waste. Sim­ply dump­ing it onto the city to clean up isn’t OK.”

Jen­nifer Hamil­ton-mc­cha­rles/ The Nugget

Bro­ken gro­cery carts, garbage bags full of food and con­struc­tion sup­plies have be­come a com­mon sight on a va­cant prop­erty off Sher­brooke Street.

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