Sharing surveillance experience
The Town of Carbonear has been invited to share its experiences from its successful surveillance program to representatives of seven municipalities from around the province at a two-day training session June 6 and 7 for a new program to combat illegal dumping being held in Conception Bay South.
The Multi Materials Stewardship Board, or MMSB, has organized a program called the Illegal Dumping Surveillance Assistance Program that will help those seven municipalities — Labrador City, Deer Lake, Elliston, Marystown, Placentia, Stephenville and the Northern Peninsula Regional Service Board — receive the equipment and training necessary to implement effective illegal dumping surveillance and enforcement programs within their communities.
Late spring of last year, Carbonear took the initiative to purchase and install surveillance systems around the town in areas of suspected illegal dumping.
So far the surveillance cameras have been both useful and credible, leading to the identification of a suspected dumper through footage taken along Fox Farm Road, a popular dumping ground in the town.
The $65,000 MMSB program is hoping to have similar results in other areas through this event, which will be led by Conception Bay South municipal enforcement officer Brian Cranford.
Carbonear’s enforcement, Gord Parsons, has previously stated the cameras are not only being used to deter dumping, but also to monitor other parts of the town, including parks and the community garden.