There’s a lot more to a story we told last week about an old freight trailer that was filled with garbage and dumped in an industrial area.
Since then, it was torched and gutted by fire, with the burnt contents strewn behind it. Soon after the fire, one side of the trailer was doodled on by a graffiti artist.
And now it’ll be harder and more costly for the city to clean up the mess than if it was done soon after it was first reported to 311.
Last Thursday, we reported on the cargo trailer, which had no licence plate or vehicle identification number. It had been abandoned at the edge of a cycling trail at the south end of Flint Rd., with junk spilling out of it and onto the path.
A reader told us he made several complaints to 311, starting in early June. Nothing was done about it, but it certainly caught the attention of the wrong people.
The reader sent us photos taken last Thursday of what’s left of the trailer after it was torched, likely late at night.
“It did not have to get like this,” said the reader in a note he sent with the photos, adding, “The city let it happen.”
Last Friday, he sent more photos showing the burned-out husk of the trailer had been tagged with graffiti, and with more trash dumped around it, saying, “Oh good, the taggers and TV dumpers have joined the party.”
We went there Monday and found the crispy remnants strewn behind it, along with a TV that looked to have been more recently dumped. We also spotted a similar trailer parked down the street, with no licence plate or anything on it to identify an owner.
Another reader sent us a link to a Google Street View image from 2016, showing a beat-up old trailer with no plate near the south end of Flint. Looks like someone is using the industrial street as a graveyard for old trailers.
Kam Ma, acting manager of right-of-way management in North York, told us that disposing of the burnt trailer, along with a couple other abandoned trailers his staff found in the area, was a problem before but is a more serious challenge now.
With no plate or VIN number, the city couldn’t find owners and order them to take it away, he said. While working on that, the one next to the cycling path was torched, making it impossible to haul it away, said Ma. Toronto police were called to investigate, he said, adding the provincial environment ministry may also be involved, due to a tank found in it.
City staff must now find another way to get rid of it and the burned junk scattered around it, which could involve breaking it into pieces, said Ma. And then there’s the cleanup cost, which could be substantial and has not been budgeted for.
So it’s safe to say the city and taxpayers have been dumped on. If anyone has any ideas about who’s behind the old trailers, we’d love to hear from you.
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Source : TheStar