Greenfield, N.S. resident upset property is used as illegal dump

GREENFIELD, N.S. – Residents in a small Nova Scotia community are fed up with the increasing amount of illegal dump sites in their neighbourhood.

One property owner says the amount of garbage he finds on his Greenfield property is disturbing, especially since most of it could have been disposed of through municipal waste management — at no cost.

“I don’t mind people using my land, but I don’t like them leaving garbage on it,” Ross Parks said in an interview with Global News.

He said he’s been finding illegal dump sites on his property for more than two decades, with people tossing almost everything — including furniture, electronics, clothes and household trash — on his land.

“I can’t understand people,” he said. “They have a place to get rid of it.”

A lot of what has been discarded could have been picked up for free, by garbage collectors, or dropped off free-of-charge at recycling depots.

According to J.P. Wood, a waste management officer for Colchester county, it’s probably costing people more to ditch their garbage on Parks’ property than to take it to an actual waste site.

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