Illegal dumping: put trash in its place

By Lois Ann Dort    
November 8 2017

GUYSBOROUGH – Compliance Officer for Eastern Region Solid Waste Management Kevin O’Handley is constantly on the look out for illegal dump sites. Unfortunately, he doesn’t usually have to look very hard or far before he finds bags of garbage, broken appliances and hazardous waste deposited on isolated stretches of road throughout Guysborough County. Some of it dumped less than 10 kms from the Waste Management Facility on Highway 16, which accepts all of the above items for free and provides correct disposal.

On Tuesday, O’Handley visited a frequently used dumping site near the Waste Management Facility which runs along a pretty little brook. There he found a truckload of recently dumped garbage including a BBQ, electric appliances, dishes, clothing, bedding and full paint cans which would, if not removed, eventually foul the water of the brook and spread into the wider environment.

“I will never understand the mindset of people who chose to engage in such a senseless act,” said O’Handley. “The Municipality of the District of Guysborough offers the best waste pickup in the province. This includes a monthly bulky item pickup. Every spring and fall they offer the Community Bulk Container Program and Household Hazardous Waste Collection. The bottom line, it takes more effort to drag it out to the woods than to place it on the curb.”

Dumping garbage is illegal and those who dump are subject to a fine of up to $1000. O’Handley would like to see further action taken against those who take part in illegal dumping, including a doubling of the fine for a start.

After several hours of work, O’Hadley has the brook area looking as it is meant to, a beautiful, serene landscape; a prime example of the nature we in Guysborough County like to call our greatest asset.

O’Handley has been monitoring this site, mere minutes from the Waste Management Facility, for years and he knows, unfortunately, that this will not be the last morning he will spend cleaning up what others have so thoughtlessly left behind.