More towns to use spy cams to catch dumpers

The Multi-Materials Stewardship Board is encouraging towns across the province to use video surveillance as a way to crack down on those who are illegally dumping their garbage.
The Multi-Materials Stewardship Board is encouraging towns to catch illegal garbage dumpers with the use of video surveillance cameras, like this one being installed in some dirt. (CBC)

Towns across the province are being encouraged to use video surveillance to crack down on illegally dumping.

Conception Bay South installed hidden cameras two years ago in popular dumping areas.

Brian Cranford, the town's enforcement manager, said the stratgey is working.

"We have 11 people – 11 people and companies – charged now," he said. 

The MMSB's Gordon Murpphy said the group is giving surveillance cameras to seven communities across the province. (CBC)

"Ten have been convicted, and one is before the courts. So it has been fairly successful."

The Multi-Materials Stewardship Board is helping other communities follow suit by providing seven towns with cameras.

They're also asking C.B.S. to share its experience.

"The beauty of this is that it is not rocket science," said Gordon Murphy, the MMSB's senior program development officer.

"It takes a lot of hard work to set up, but once they have been at it for a while it becomes easy and that's the beauty of it. It's something we can replicate across the island."

Jason Sinyard, who's in charge of waste management for St. John's, said the city is keeping a watchful eye on the program.

"We do have illegal dump sites, the same as any municipality throughout the province. So anything you can do to arm yourself and cut down on the number of occurrences is something you should look into," he said.