Dumping site ‘ongoing problem’
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.”
Broken grocery carts, garbage bags full of food and construction supplies have become a common sight on a vacant property off Sherbrooke Street.