NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) – Niagara Falls Police report that areas of Love Canal, made famous in the late 1970s as a toxic waste dump, are now being littered with garbage being illegally dumped there.
Some people are attempting to skirt new laws limiting what and how much you can send to landfills by dumping their junks in one of the many vacant lots on the far east side of town. Old TVs, tires, paint cans and more can be found there.
John Caso, Deputy Director for Niagara Falls Public Works, says, “What you are looking at is a pile of leaves, but underneath that pile of leaves, you are probably looking at some construction material, probably some shingles, you’ve got a tire in the background here.”
Frank Kovacich lives in the Town of Wheatfield, but he is right by the old Love Canal, and is getting fed up with the way outsiders are trashing the neighborhood.
“There’s been several trucks that come throughout the night,” he says. “They just unload their stuff and go. It could be yard debris, it could be furniture, it could be all kinds of other stuff. Who knows?”
Police have promised to increase patrols in the area to stop the dumping. The city posted “no dumping” signs in the area after past littering and dumping, but those signs have reportedly been stolen.
Caso says the dumping problem in the old Love Canal neighborhood is worse this year, because until the snow cover melted, officials had no idea how much trash was lying among the weeds and underbrush.
He says if someone is caught dumping trash, they will be sorry.
“If we have to clean this, they will face these charges, on top of whatever a judge would charge them. It is a criminal act, illegally dumping in the city of Niagara Falls. So whatever the judge imposes, that is what is going to be slapped on them,” Caso says.
He says would-be dumpers risking arrest could spend the same amount of effort taking their trash to the city’s collection station on New Road.
To report illegal dumping, call Niagara Falls Police at 286-4711.