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Springfield Neighborhood Sick of Illegal Dumping


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Louse Roncalli lives on North Brook Road, right across the street where someone illegally dumped this couch late last night.

“We’re on the corner, I have conservation land in front of me, and on the side of me, and there are always things being dumped. One time, it was construction stuff. Another time, it was tires,” Roncalli said.

Combined, Roncallli and neighbor Marianne Stenta have lived in Sixteen Acres for more than 70 years, and have never seen dumping this bad.

“It’s disgusting. We’re tired. We’re tired of it. We’re tired of being the dumping ground. All along here, along the island on North Branch Parkway, at the end of the street here at the empty lot, and it’s disgusting that people don’t care about their environment,” stated Stenta.

It only costs $8 per tag to place on items like furniture. Once you make an appointment with the DPW, by calling them at (413) 736-3111, they can properly dispose of them within 2 weeks.

The city teamed up with the DEP a few years ago to place infrared cameras in Indian Orchard where they were having the same problem.

They found that out-of-towners were responsible for making the mess.

Yet, the DPW says that kind of funding for that program is hard to come across. In the meantime, someone still has to pick it up.

“It’s up tous to clean it up, either the DPW, or Clean Cities. Ultimately, you know, the taxpayer is going to be paying for it. If we catch them, we will fine them, and the fine will be a substantial deterrent,” Greg Superneau, Springfield DPW’s Assistant Solid Waste Manager.

Who fines you, and the amount depends on where items are dumped. It could come from the housing department or Springfield Police, where fines could run up to $300.

If it’s done on a conservation, under Mass. General Law, it could cost up to $1,000.

The case can also be prosecuted in district court, not housing court.

If you do see dumping, Superneau advises that you snap a picture and contact your local police department.

He says the problem is especially prevalent in industrial areas like Chicopee, and West Springfield.

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  • Fredpiquette

    I always wondered too, why these pigs dump stuff when they have trash collection services, and plus they probably travel further to dump it, than their own town dump.

  • Fredpiquette

    Just pull them over to your lawn, put a for sale sign on them, take the first offer. Problem solved.

  • Onlygoknows

    I caught a guy doing this one night on north branch I yelled at him and told him to get out my neighborhood and the next morning the stuff on his truck was dumped there.guess he came back after I drove away. I think if people have old furniture and junk on their vehicle late at night the cops should pull them over and question them or we citizens should follow them and report them

  • Nyrebel9

    An easy way to capture the scumbags is to install those motion activated hunting cameras. They cost less than $100. The cost could be recouped from the fines of the offenders. It is so disgusting that people spoil other people’s neighborhoods. If caught they should publicly humiliate them thru the media and have them stand out in public wearing one of those sandwich boards advertising their crimes. Besides the fines, they should be sentenced community work by picking up litter. I home they catch the scumbags!!