Harbour Authority at Harbour Grace becoming a local dumping ground
The Harbour Grace Harbour Authority has a big problem with garbage.
Recent posts on the Harbor Authority of Harbour Grace Facebook page indicate too many people are using the dumpsters on the property.
Those dumpsters are meant to be used by boat owners who dock at Harbour Authority wharf.
However, as made evident by photos on their Facebook page, some people come by the property after hours to get rid of their garbage.
If the dumpsters are full, people are leaving the bags of garbage alongside the dumpsters.
And that makes for a mess in the morning.
Peggy Hearn works for the Harbour Authority.
She told The Compass that when garbage bags are left near the dumpsters overnight, the seagulls tear into them.
It leaves quite a mess for her to clean up in the morning when she arrives at work.
“It’s disheartening, and definitely frustrating,” she said. “These dumpsters are here for certain people, and can only take certain kinds of garbage.
Hearn explained that things like heavy pieces of metal, oil, and rope that has not been cut into small pieces, are just some of the things not allowed in these dumpsters.
Despite signage in the area noting the rules for use of the dumpsters, Hearn says people disregard them, and the mess doesn’t stop.
On top of this, Hearn noted that one person recently added to the nastiness by using the space behind the dumpsters as a bathroom before leaving the property, despite there being a washroom available at the property.
“We have video surveillance, so when I see a dumpster go from empty to overfilled over night, I can easily go back and see what’s going on,” she said. “With signage here, and the cameras, you would think that common sense would come into play for people, but unfortunately that’s not always the case.”
Hearn said that although they have not reached out to RCMP about the issue, they are actively looking for ways to remedy it.
“We have work to do here, and people need to realize this isn’t the place to be bringing their garbage. We have a local dump that’s open for this exact purpose, so it can certainly get pretty frustrating to see (this garbage here) so often.”
Peggy Hearn says that it is common for her to have to come to work in the morning to find the parking lot covered in garbage.
Seagulls are only one part of the problem people at the Harbour Grace Harbour Authority are facing when people leave behind garbage at the property.