Officials trying to prevent illegal dumping
Illegal dumpers beware, Boiling Spring Lakes officials are after you.
Area roads and woods are being littered with trash and becoming a real nuisance for residents.
It’s clear someone is using dirt roads throughout the city as a dumping ground.
For the past four months, Boiling Spring Lakes code enforcement officer Ken Riker has been documenting trouble spots and has managed to pin point 75 sites where illegal dumping is a problem. “When somebody does go out and dump it’s there for awhile. I can’t go down every road, everyday the town is to big.”
Riker says it’s a crime of convenience. People are taking the opportunity to dump bulk trash in a hidden area, instead of paying to take it to the county landfill.
Now, warning signs line the dirt roads. In December, the city placed a surveillance camera in the woods to not only capture wildlife, but also offenders in the act. That same month, the camera led to an arrest.
Dumping is not only a nuisance but has become a health concern. The city will now have to take on the cost of disposing the trash in hopes the county landfill will waive the fee to take out the trash.
You’re invited to take advantage of the city’s bulk pick up day, taking place on March 20th. It’s the only one of the year at the county landfill. Anything that can be recycled is free to dispose. Concrete, asbestos, construction materials are priced by the ton, which can cost up to 49 dollars.
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