Fort Erie asking residents to report illegal dumping

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The Town of Fort Erie is appealing to its residents to report illegal dumping noting that recently, eight 50-gallon barrels were dumped on Town property. The barrels contained toxic materials.

“The Town’s operations staff is appealing to residents to report illegal dumping activities in Fort Erie,” a press release from the Town of Fort Erie said. “Recently, eight, 50-gallon barrels, containing toxic materials were illegally dumped on Town property.”

Town staff worked with an environmental contractor along with the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks to safely remove and dispose of the barrels and contents properly.

“Since staff was able to find and remove the barrels in a timely manner, the surrounding environment was not negatively impacted,” the press release said.

“Illegal dumping is the disposing of material in non-designated areas, such as public roads, ditches, public property, rural areas, vacant lots and in public litter receptacles,” the release said.

The Town noted items that are usually illegally dumped: household garbage, construction and demolition materials (such as shingles or scrap metal), appliances, furniture, tires, landscaping and yard waste, chemical and medical waste (paint, oil).

Niagara Region and Crime Stoppers of Niagara have set up a reporting system for residents who witness illegal dumping in Fort Erie. Witnesses are encouraged to report to Niagara Region, call 1-800-594-5542 or visit the Niagara Region reporting webpage.

“Residents who witness or have knowledge of illegal dumping in Fort Erie are encouraged to report it to Crime Stoppers. Those who report illegal dumping will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a financial reward. Rewards are given when a report of illegal dumping results in either an act of compliance ($50 reward) or conviction ($500 reward). In 2018, Crime Stoppers recorded 755 reports; leading to 140 warnings issued. Any person found guilty of illegally dumping could be fined $500 or more under Niagara Region’s Waste Management By-Law,” the press release said.

 

 

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