Residents of the new townhouses in Oakdale Village must be wondering if they paid a lot of dough to live next to a garbage dump.
Our Jan. 18 column was about an enormous pile of illegally dumped trash along the east side of Torbarrie Rd., which runs adjacent to Highway 400 and is home to a recently-built community of handsome townhouses.
The trash pile, which was at least 30 metres long and one of the biggest we’ve ever seen, was mainly comprised of stuff in oversized black garbage bags, an indication that a lot of it was dumped by the same people.
It is just north of Oakdale Village and right next to what appears to be a new phase of residential development that is still at the preliminary stage, with heavy equipment tilling the ground.
A local resident told us the dumping has been going on since last fall and that the pile we wrote about had been growing since December, in spite of complaints to 311.
Soon after our column, we got a note from solid waste management, saying the trash had been removed and that “city staff have been monitoring the site and are working with the property owner to explore options to prevent/discourage further illegal dumping in this area.”
Whatever options were explored, it ain’t working.
Chris Moffatt sent us a note saying that after our first column, he spotted a “a work crew at the site around 4:30 p.m., and the next afternoon all of the trash was gone.
“Yesterday afternoon, while heading north on Highway 400 on the GO bus, I saw that a new pile of trash has begun to amass in the same location.
“More needs to be done to discourage the illegal dumping than exploring options and monitoring the site. Time for the city inspectors to start ripping open the garbage bags in an attempt to identify and then lay charges against these scofflaws.”
We went there and found another large pile of trash along the boulevard, which is part of the city road allowance. If it’s on city property, it’s the city’s responsibility to clean it up.
We also noticed that much of it is in the same oversized black bags as the earlier pile; whoever is doing the dumping must be pretty darned pleased at how easy it is to get away with.
As for Oakdale Village residents who paid top dollar for their nice new homes, they must be shaking their heads every time they drive past their neighbourhood dump site.
STATUS: Tamara Staranchuk, a spokesperson for solid waste management, emailed to say she has alerted staff that the trash is back and needs to be cleaned up. OK, but until the area is fenced off, the dumping will continue.
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Source : TheStar