Illegal Dumping Leads to Citations in the Poconos

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ANALOMINK, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Soon you may not be able to drop off recyclables at bins in Monroe County. Illegal dumping has become a major problem at these sites, especially this past weekend.

The recycling bins in Analomink, Stroud Township have been especially problematic. Officers have been sifting through the seven tons of trash left here this holiday weekend. And the people responsible for the mess aren’t getting away with it.

Christopher Warburton relies on the Analomink Recycling Depot to conveniently get rid of cardboard.

“Well I think it’s excellent except that people should not abuse it. Otherwise, it’s going to be difficult to dispose of cardboard and plastics,” says Warburton of Henryville.

Despite “no dumping” signs, the free site is looking more like a dumping ground, swarming with old furniture, smelly garbage, and more. Now the burden of cleaning up on five Waste Management Authority employees. It cost them $1,700 dollars.

“We believe they’re just being lazy, in addition to not hiring their own waste haulers,” says Capt. Jacqueline Bagu, Municipal Police Authority.

Officers say there were four security cameras installed which could have helped catch the illegal dumpers in the act. But about two years ago, a thief ripped them out.

Officers are now sifting through the trash. So far,12 illegal dumpers have been identified through pill bottles, old mail, even a license plate.

“You have folks from Penn Estates, you have individuals from Swiftwater and Scotrun. You have people from East Stroudsburg. There’s just no excuse why this is happening,” adds Bagu.

They will be facing citations up to $1,000 dollars. The Waste Management Authority suggests bringing trash to a local landfill or contacting your municipality for legal options.

Bagu says, “it’s sad and upsetting.”

Officers want to remind everyone these sites are only for recyclable material only; meaning cardboard, plastic, and glass. It’s even considered illegal to leave recyclables on the ground. They need to be put inside the bins. Monroe County Municipal Waste Management Authority wants to know if you see illegal dumping. It’s as easy as writing down the license plate number.

The free sites will be shut down if the problem continues getting worse.

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