Strong measures needed to deal with illegal dumping, Colchester councillor says

Published on May 30, 2014
Strong measures needed to deal with illegal dumping, Colchester councillor says

TRUR0 – The time has come to take harsher measures for dealing with illegal dumping, a Colchester County councillor believes.

“I would ask council to take a very strong stance on this,” Coun. Tom Taggart said, during this week’s council session.

“I really and truly believe that unless we take a very strong stand on this illegal dumping, it is going to get worse, and it is getting worse,” he said, suggesting measures that would see anyone found to have illegally disposed of their garbage answer for their actions in court.

“We need to make a statement on this.”

Council approved a motion introduced by Taggart to have staff explore its options for enforcing illegal dumping regulations.

Meanwhile, Coun. Ron Cavanaugh said stronger measures should also be taken when dealing with motoring litterbugs and he proposed a penalty normally associated with such practices as illegally hunting deer, which can result in vehicles being seized.

“I think it should be the same thing with throwing garbage out,” he said. “Your vehicle is confiscated. You are not going to stop this with a $200 fine.”

 

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