Illegal dumping is an ongoing problem in New Haven and a drain on public works crews, but the trash keeps piling up.
Neighbors said crews are out every week by the Quarry Park Preserve, but no sooner than they pick up the trash, more appears.
Bags of household trash, old carpets, and even a five gallon bucket of paint were seen at the preserve, and week after week the trash appears alongside Russell Street, in the city’s Fair Haven neighborhood.
"It’s a mess to be honest with you,” said Pat Ambrogio, who said neighbors have done park cleanups in the past and even talked to their local alderman about putting in speed bumps so those dumping the trash can’t speed off. Cameras were also suggested.
"I did see at one point a police officer come and try to find out if there was any identification of some of that trash,” Ambrogio said.
While it’s ugly for neighbors to look at, it’s also a hassle for public works crews who have to stop what they’re doing to pick up the trash.
"Public Works spends a lot of time, funds towards illegal dumping when we could be doing other things, road construction, maintaining city properties,” said Jeff Pescosolido, of New Haven’s Department of Public Works.
Those who are caught could face steep fines, but neighbors said they could save themselves the cash and hassle if the litter bugs would just take their trash to the city’s transfer station.
The city said it will be holding a spring cleanup day later in the spring to help get the word out about the illegal dumping.
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