Illegal dumping creates ongoing worries
The stench of death is heavy in the air as animal carcasses, discarded mattresses, old pieces of furniture and appliances litter a strip of land along Fox Hill Road south, just feet away from homes and a public beach access.
The area has become a graveyard for unwanted items, with household furnishings ranging from Christmas tree decorations to refrigerators and coffee makers. The illegal dump site in southeast New Providence is just one of many scattered across New Providence.
Director of the Department of Environmental Health Melanie McKenzie told The Nassau Guardian yesterday the area has been a problem for the department for years now, and one that continues to resurface.
“We traditionally post signs to deter individuals from dumping, and it is usually effective. Specifically in that area [Fox Hill Road south] the dumping had stopped for a while, but it always comes back,” McKenzie said.
The Department of Environmental Health has been working with police over the past few years attempting to crack down on illegal dumping on the island, but the secluded areas seem to be ideal for dumpers and they often slip through the department’s radar.
“Residents in the area ought to be dismayed at the dumping going on in their neighborhood,” McKenzie said.
“Not only is dumping decreasing their property value, but it is a crime and actually costs taxpayers money to clean up dump sites.”
McKenzie said public education in regard to littering is key to cleaning up the streets and beaches of New Providence.
“It is sad that the land next to the beach is being used for dumping,” she said.
“The problem is once one person dumps, others follow; they feel as if someone else has already done it so it isn’t so bad.”
Environmental Health officials do not know who is responsible for most of the illegal dumping, however, McKenzie explained that officials are aware that most of the dumping is not done by residents of the area.
Rather than dumping waste on the side of the street, or in an empty lot, McKenzie said residents should make use of the bulk waste pick-up service offered by the department free of charge.
The fine for dumping is $1,000 and can be accompanied by either imprisonment or community service.