The County’s Dumps (now called Community Recycling Centres or CRC’s) have been closed for a while and selfish residents have taken to dumping their garbage in Parks, streets and alleys. The good news is that effective next week, the CRCs will reopen although they will have restrictions. The Town of Cobourg issued a notice yesterday reminding residents that “Northumberland County and Town of Cobourg Bylaw Enforcement Officers and the Cobourg Police Service will be fining anyone caught illegally dumping. Common areas for dumping will be monitored on a regular basis. Illegal dumpers can face a minimum fine of $105 or a maximum fine of $5,000.” Downtown store owners complained during their recent meeting that there was a lot of illegal dumping behind their stores. You are supposed to store unwanted items until they can be properly disposed of – see information on that below.
Dumping in Parks
Jason Johns, Facilities Manager for the Town of Cobourg said: “Unfortunately illegal dumping is occurring in all of Cobourg’s parks and we see everything from construction materials, freezers being emptied, and daily small grocery bags filled with household waste.”
Why people are dumping
According to the Town’s announcement, “most illegal dumping is done to avoid paying disposal fees at landfills or failure to take the time and effort to dispose of items properly.”
As well as Parks, common areas for dumping may include vacant properties, alley ways, commercial dumpsters and along the roadside.
Dumping causes devaluation of property, health hazards and stormwater pollution. Items dumped can wash debris and pollutants into the storm drain system, causing flooding, clogged drains and damage to fish, wildlife and plants downstream.
Typical illegal dumped items
- Household garbage
- Construction and landscaping debris
- Tires and automotive parts
- Furniture and appliances
- Used oil and chemicals (such as paint or oil)
Chief Paul VandeGraaf of the Cobourg Police Service said:
“Our citizens and businesses are fed up with illegal dumping and we are pleased to work in tandem with the Town of Cobourg and Northumberland County to address the critical need to take legal action against illegal dumping,”
How to Report Illegal Dumping
Citizens can help by reporting illegal dumping. Phone the Northumberland County Hotline at 1-866-293-8379 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Try to provide as much information as possible, such as the location of where the materials were dumped, vehicle description and license plate number and a personal description of the violator.
As well as curbside pick-up of garbage, recyclables, food waste (Green Bin), and leaf and yard waste, the County also accepts a range of items at CRCs:
- Electronic waste
- Bulky plastics
- Dry wall
- Scrap metal
- Freon-containing items
- Leaf and yard waste.
Community Recycling Centres
According to the Town’s announcement:
One Free Bag of Garbage per Week
Northumberland County would also like to remind citizens that in response to COVID-19, households will be permitted to put out one free bag of garbage per week on their regularly-scheduled collection day until May 29, 2020. A maximum two-bag limit per week per household remains in place. County Council will continue to assess whether an extension beyond May 29 is required.
There is currently no way to dispose of hazardous goods or large items (like furniture) – we are asked to hold on to these items until the Covid-19 crisis is over. Also, the beer store in Cobourg is currently NOT accepting return of beer and LCBO bottles.