No dump­ing

Sev­eral in­ci­dents of il­le­gal dump­ing re­ported

The Central Voice - - Front Page - BY KYLE GREENHAM Kyle.greenham@the­cen­tralvoice.ca

Il­le­gal dump­ing con­tin­ues to be a ma­jor prob­lem across the prov­ince, but Ed­ward Evans hopes a new pi­lot project will curb the is­sue in cen­tral.

Evans, chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer with Cen­tral New­found­land Waste Man­age­ment, says their new project will iden­tify hot spots across cen­tral where il­le­gal dump­ing is most re­cur­rent.

“We’re look­ing for the ar­eas that peo­ple use for dump­ing on a reg­u­lar ba­sis and do great im­pair­ment to our en­vi­ron­ment,” said Evans. “We don’t want to dis­close which ar­eas those are un­til we have fin­ished in­ves­ti­gat­ing, set­ting up our sur­veil­lance op­er­a­tions and make some charges.”

The project is now in its sec­ond week, and CNWM has hired an en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion of­fi­cer who will de­vote their time solely to the project. Evans says they have cur­rently ac­quired cam­eras that can broad­cast footage from phones and lap­tops. CNWM is also mak­ing con­tin­ual con­tact with com­mu­ni­ties where il­le­gal dump­ing is of most se­ri­ous con­cern.

A dump­site was re­cently un­cov­ered just out­side of the lo­cal ser­vice district of Cobb’s Arm.

Ex­ten­sive amounts of garbage were dumped at the lo­ca­tion, in­clud­ing an arm­chair, rub­ber boats, bot­tles, metal pip­ing, bags and tubs of garbage and even a toi­let.

Birchy Bay Mayor Ewen Quin­lan says there has been a long-stand­ing dump­ing is­sue in his town, par­tic­u­larly on the Birchy Bay Re­source Road. The ex­ten­sive gravel road is home to many cab­ins and wood­land, and through the years has been an ideal spot for the il­le­gal dump­ing of fur­ni­ture, ap­pli­ances and other garbage.

“The re­source road is a quick place peo­ple can get to by ATV or pick-up truck,” said Quin­lan. “We have talked about get­ting cam­eras with the (Depart­ment of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs and En­vi­ron­ment], and they have given us signs to warn against dump­ing.

“But the peo­ple that dump this stuff, I don’t think signs are go­ing to stop them.”

The near­est land­fill fa­cil­ity for the res­i­dents of Birchy Bay is the land­fill site on New World Is­land, near Boyd’s Cove.

Ac­cord­ing to the mayor, one of the main rea­sons dump­ing has be­come an is­sue in the area is that Birchy Bay lost its own lo­cal dump­site sev­eral years ago, af­ter CNWM opened their site on New World Is­land.

“When the Cen­tral Waste Man­age­ment land­fill opened they closed down all the com­mu­nity dumps,” he said. “We had one be­tween Birchy Bay and Bay­tona, and I think a lot of this is re­bel­lion to the fact that they closed our dumps.”

Some res­i­dents how­ever haven taken mat­ters into their own hands. Dar­lene Bradley of­ten walks the se­cluded trails and beaches of Ragged Point on Twill­ingate Is­land. She says the spot is of­ten used for dump­ing garbage and even moose hides dur­ing the au­tumn hunt­ing sea­son.

Af­ter the trails be­came scat­tered with bullet shells from peo­ple who use Ragged Point for shoot­ing prac­tice, she de­cided to clean up af­ter the area her­self.

“It leaves be­hind all those plas­tic shells with metal on the bot­tom. It’s up­set­ting to see the men­tal­ity con­tinue, what you take in there you should take out,” said Bradley. “I see it a lot from my house as well, some­one drives up the hill with some­thing in back of their truck, and when they come back down it’s not there any­more.”

As their pi­lot project con­tin­ues to in­ves­ti­gate il­le­gal dump­ing around cen­tral, Evans urges res­i­dents to reach out to CNWM so they can in­ves­ti­gate these in­ci­dents once they’re un­cov­ered.

KYLE GREENHAM — THE CEN­TRAL VOICE

The trails and beaches of Ragged Point are a com­mon spot for the dump­ing of garbage, bullet shells from shoot­ing prac­tice and even moose hides. Twill­ingate res­i­dent Dar­lene Bradley re­cently cleaned up many of the plas­tic and metal bullet shells scat­tered around the trails of the area to help tackle the garbage is­sue in the area.

KYLE GREENHAM — THE CEN­TRAL VOICE

Il­le­gal dump­ing was re­cently un­cov­ered in Cobb’s Arm, with fur­ni­ture, a toi­let, bot­tles, rub­ber boots and other garbage scat­tered in the woods just out­side of the com­mu­nity.

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