Mail, bank card found in illegally dumped trash

Brodie Thomas
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The Codroy Valley Waste Management Committee (CVWM) is prepared to press charges against individuals who illegally dump trash on the roadsides and beaches around the codroy valley.

Barb McNeil, administrator for CVWM, said the group will not turn a blind eye to illegal dumping, and they have already investigated one incident.

She was alerted to an illegal dumpsite just off the road to Cape Anguille Lighthouse last week.

On Wednesday, The Gulf News accompanied waste committee chair Robert O’Gorman to the site for a look.

O’Gorman found garbage on both sides of the dirt road, much of it visible from the vehicle.

Upon closer inspection, he found food containers with best before dates from this spring. Then he found mail – multiple letters – addressed to the same person and a boarding pass with the same name as the mail.

A glossy photo of a child was in nearly mint condition. It hadn’t been there long enough to get soggy or faded.

On the other side of the road, more of the same. The garbage had not been there for long. O’Gorman found a credit card with the same last name as the mail. It hadn’t even been cut up.

Further down a side road, there were two separate sites where people had dumped renovation waste. One pile was on land, and another larger one pile had been dumped from a small cliff onto the beach. This waste did not appear to be related to the household waste.

The fact that illegal dumping continues to take place really bothers O’Gorman.

“The garbage is already in a bag,” he said. “Put it to the side of the road. We’re not paying $80,000 per year for nothing.”

That $80,000 is how much the CVWM pays for weekly roadside garbage pickup.

McNeil said the committee held a special meeting on Thursday night to discuss what they should do with the information gleaned from the household garbage.

“It really makes me mad when I know people are cleaning it up in their own yard and taking it out to the community and dumping it.”

The executive has decided to send a registered letter to the owners of the garbage, demanding it be cleaned up. They may also take legal action.

Organizations: The Gulf News

Geographic location: Cape Anguille Lighthouse

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  • keith stringer.
    May 14, 2014 - 11:19

    They should face a heavy fine for littering and a heavier one for stupidity.