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Waste dumped illegally outside St. Anthony

The waste, showing a tire amongst other items.
The waste includes a tire and other items. - Stephen Roberts

Resident discovered pile of trash in Pilgrim’s Pond Pit area July 31

ST. ANTHONY, N.L. – A St. Anthony man is disgusted with waste material he found dumped at Pilgrim’s Pond Pit, located about five kilometres outside St. Anthony.

Carl Rumbolt and a friend were in the area on July 31 looking for some “ground” to level his garbage box.

He says on the way back, they noticed a large pile of waste. 

Shown from another angle, in the foreground is a Yamaha Phaser II snowmobile cab while various other items including buckets, screens, cardboard, rope, etcetera can be found as well. - Stephen Roberts
Shown from another angle, in the foreground is a Yamaha Phaser II snowmobile cab while various other items including buckets, screens, cardboard, rope, etcetera can be found as well. - Stephen Roberts

The Pilgrim’s Pond Pit area is not authorized for waste disposal and is located about three kilometres from the region’s designated landfill site.

The dumping is therefore illegal.

Rumbolt took a picture of the waste and shared it to Facebook later that day.

“I didn’t care who seen it, but I wanted to get it out there and make sure whoever did it would see it,” he told The Northern Pen.

A Yamaha Phaser II snowmobile hood, Christmas decorations, car seat, tire, rope, nails, sponge, Styrofoam, buckets, pipe, hoses, parts of a furnace and snow-blower, venetian blinds, bottles and various other items were amongst the pile illegally dumped in the area.

Rumbolt calls the scene ridiculous.

He points out that the landfill site is open every day except Sundays. Therefore, he says, if somebody stopped there to dispose of the waste and the gate was closed, all they had to do was wait until the next morning to get rid of it.

“But to come in here in a nice environment like we got here in Newfoundland and see all this, it just turns my stomach to look at it,” said Rumbolt.

As of Thursday, Aug. 2, it isn’t known who dumped the waste.

Deborah Goosney, an environmental protection officer, told The Northern Pen, as of Friday, Aug. 3, she had been informed of the indiscriminate dumping and is currently addressing the situation.

In accordance with Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Protection Act, fines for illegal dumping can range from $500 to $10,000 for individuals.

Anyone with any information on suspicious dumping activity can contact Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text TIP90 + their message to ‘CRIMES’ (274637) or by Secure Web Tips at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.

stephen.roberts@northernpen.ca

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