Aamjiwnaang officials say garage being dumped along roads

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The chief of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation says the community is growing tired of garage being dumped along its roads and will seek help from Sarnia police to end the long-standing problem.

“People come into our community and dump their garbage,” said Chief Joanne Rogers.

“People need to know what’s going on here.”

On Friday a pile of brush was left not far from what appeared to be the leftovers of yard sale that was also dumped on a unpopulated section of Williams Drive, a service road near the First Nation’s industrial park.

It happens regularly and has been going on for years, Rogers said.

Just a few weeks ago, construction waste was left along one of the First Nation’s roads, she said

“This is what they have to contend with every week,” she said while watching a crew from the First Nation’s public works department pick up the trash found Friday on Williams Drive.

“We want to be good neighbours but when something like this happens, it’s total disrespect,” Rogers said.

“We would never do something like that.”

The brush and suspected yard sale leftovers found on Friday were not far from where the construction waste had been dumped a few weeks ago, said Brian Bois, public works coordinator with Aamjiwnaang.

“It’s a constant battle,” he said.

“We’re getting kind of tired,” Rogers added.

A public works employees it has always been a problem during his more than three decades on the job, Bois said..

The need to send out crews to pick up and dispose of illegally dumped garbage costs the department time and money, and “it takes away from other jobs,” he said.

A crew is generally sent out once a week to check the roads, Bois said.

“They usually come back with a pickup truck full of garage.”

Dumping happens in different areas of the First Nation which neighbours Sarnia, but the community’s service roads are most often the target, Bois said.

“This is one of the frequent ones,” he said about the unpopulated section of Williams Drive.

The service road sits about a five-minute drive from a waste company where Bois estimated it might have cost the illegal dumpers $10 or $15 to legally dispose of the material.

Rogers said the First Nation has decided to begin attempting to pursue dumpers through the legal system.

“When I used to work in the courts downtown, they certainly would look through the garbage and if there was a name and address, they would be charged,” said Rogers, a retired justice of the peace.

She said works department staff found an address with the garbage left last week on Williams Drive, and police were called.

“It has been going on for years and years,” Rogers said.

“We want people to know, we’re going to start doing something about it.”


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