UXBRIDGE: Councillors are concerned about a recent increase of illegal garbage dumping in Uxbridge Township.
At a meeting on Monday, Oct. 2nd, Ward 5 Councillor Gord Highet spoke about an increase of garbage being dumped in areas, not fit for dumping, across the township, such as near the future site of the Uxbridge Dog Park.
“I have been noticing this across the town, in parks, with people leaving kitchen bags, whether it’s dog waste or whatever is in it,” he said.
“These things are being left randomly. We can remind people to clean up their act, not only after their dog, but if it’s garbage over and above dog waste, then we need to be on it. These things are being left at entrances to parks, trails, even along our main streets, just bags being dumped next to light posts, and I think people need to be reminded, that we’re not there to pick up after them, and that staff are limited. “
Councillor Highet later added, in his ward, he’s had “people dumping washing machines.”
“You would not believe the stuff that gets thrown into the greenspace,” he said.
Ward 3 Councillor, Dave Barton questioned if the Township has enough staff in the parks department to clean up all the garbage cans.
“It’s no different than the issues that we are dealing with downtown. We have garbage pick up on Tuesday and Friday, but we have some people who seem to think it’s five days a week. This is the challenge that I think we are running into, we’ve got bins in our parks and what we are finding is people are dumping large bags of garbage beside it. So we may go through and pick up the garbage and then get a call two or three days later that there is garbage all around the containers,” CAO Ingrid Svelnis said. “That is the challenge, I don’t know what the answer is when people think it’s fine to dump garbage every day of the week.”
Uxbridge recently put out a press release asking residents to keep parks and trails garbage free, in which it stated.
“So that all may enjoy a beautiful walk, residents are reminded to place their garbage and dog feces in waste bins, rather than littering.
Unsightly garbage and pet waste smells and detracts from the experience for visitors. All parks have waste receptacles that are emptied regularly. The public is asked to cooperate in keeping our parks and trails clean, by placing garbage in the waste bins provided.”
Regarding the legalities of dumping garbage in public areas, the release goes on to state, the Township “reminds residents not to dump bags of household garbage in parks, or to fill any Township waste receptacles with household or commercial garbage.”
“Placing household/commercial garbage in Township bins, or dumping garbage bags, is considered littering/illegal dumping, and will be investigated. Those charged with littering face a minimum $315.00 [to a] maximum $5,000 fine and possible criminal charges as per the Provincial Offences Act.”