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Trash overflows donation bins at Naugatuck church

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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)
NAUGATUCK, CT (WFSB) -

Residents nearby the St. Vincent Church in Naugatuck are filing a petition to remove the Kiducation Donation bins that they say are overflowing with trash.

Church officials said people are coming to the bins to dump everything from strollers to mattresses.

“Clothes, books, and shoes,” said St. Vincent Church facilities manager, Thomas Festa, are the only things that people are allowed to leave in the donations bins.

Removing the trash results in higher dumping fees and fewer items make it to those in need.

"The past 6 months we've been being taken advantage of by dumpers,” said Festa. “People just dump whatever they want."

Folks nearby have begun leaving anonymous voicemails to the church urging Festa to remove the bins stating the overflowing bins are “making the neighborhood look super ugly.”

Police said they are doing patrol checks in the area and those caught illegal dumping will face a fine.

Festa said a petition will not stop him from keeping the bins.

"You're going to start a petition to hurt the poor? I want nothing to do with that and these boxes are staying here forever," Festa said.

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