TRURO – Abuse it – you lose it.
That is what has happened to waste receptacles that had been placed by the County of Colchester at the site of the public spring in Lower Truro.
The spring, which was taken over by the municipality several years ago, is a popular spot for area residents to obtain clean, potable water, free of charge.
About three years ago, the county installed garbage receptacles at the site as a courtesy for those using the spring. But given the extent of abuse involving the wrong types and amount of garbage being tossed into the bins, they now have been removed.
“Lately, we’ve been seeing a lot of people simply dumping their (household) garbage there,” public works director Michelle Newell recently told council, of a practice she said had become commonplace.
Over a four-day period in mid July, for instance, staff removed nine garbage bags of waste from the receptacles, including three that were filled with rotting meat.