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Residents raise concerns over illegal dumping in Watertown

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People are dumping items that don't belong outside of donation bins in Watertown. (WFSB) People are dumping items that don't belong outside of donation bins in Watertown. (WFSB)
WATERTOWN, CT (WFSB) -

Donation bins for clothing and shoes are commonly seen in parking lots, but in Watertown, people are dumping items that don’t belong there.

Keegan Burgdoff and Michael Alves were dropping off items on Monday, donating to those in need.

“Figure it could go to a charity or some kids that need them more than we do," Michael Alves said.

“We're just donating a bunch of clothes we no longer use and really thinking someone else can use them and put them to a good home," Keegan Burgdoff said.

The donation bin is located in the Kmart shopping plaza in Watertown, and items are being dropped off that shouldn’t be.

“The other day when we came to drop off clothes, we had to stick it on the floor because there is just so much tables, mattresses," Alves said.

It strictly says clothing and shoes but instead people are dumping tables and chairs. There was also a baby mattress and bed rails seen on Monday.

Just last week, Burgdoff said “There were four couches, two chairs, a bed, and a couple of dressers.”

Eyewitness News contacted a member who deals with the bins, who said the items in the bins are given to 60 different local charities.

He said they have to pay to dump the unwanted items, spending nearly $1,000, which is money that can help someone pay rent or school tuition.

The dumping has gotten so bad that Watertown police are now involved.

Police said a complaint was made and a blight officer got involved.

It is illegal to dump anything other than clothing and shoes, and if someone is caught, they will face a fine.

Residents in Watertown can get rid of mattresses and televisions at the transfer station for free. Furniture is $15 to dump.

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