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.