Illegal Dumping Destroying Beaches and Neighbourhoods

The stench of death is heavy in the air as animal carcasses, discarded mattresses, old pieces of furniture and appliances litter a strip of land along Fox Hill Road south, just feet away from homes and a public beach access.

The area has become a graveyard for unwanted items, with household furnishings ranging from Christmas tree decorations to refrigerators and coffee makers. The illegal dump site in southeast New Providence is just one of many scattered across New Providence.

The Department of Environmental Health has been working with police over the past few years attempting to crack down on illegal dumping on the island, but the secluded areas seem to be ideal for dumpers and they often slip through the department’s radar.

Environmental Health officials do not know who is responsible for most of the illegal dumping, however, McKenzie explained that officials are aware that most of the dumping is not done by residents of the area.

Rather than dumping waste on the side of the street, or in an empty lot, McKenzie said residents should make use of the bulk waste pick-up service offered by the department free of charge.