'We hauled for 5 days': Town of Oromocto cleans up illegal dump site
Last month piles of tires, electronic waste, broken toilets, gas jugs were found on the town's property
The Town of Oromocto say it has finished cleaning up a large illegal dumping site at one of its public works yards.
"We hauled for five days," said Steven Basque, an engineer with the town's public works department.
A tip led CBC News to piles of household trash, as well as large appliances, tires, electronic waste, broken toilets, gas jugs and building materials.
Much of the waste had been bulldozed into the ground.
Basque said multiple third-party contractors had access to the site. He suspects one of them didn't know what could be buried and what needed to be removed.
Once the dump site was discovered, cleaning it up became a priority. Over the last two weeks, the town worked to unearth the garbage, sort it and properly dispose of it.
Soil hasn't been tested
Basque said workers found more waste than he was expecting, but it's all been removed.
"We cleaned up everything, we dug everything," he said. "Everything has been cleaned up the way that it should have been done."
Basque said the soil hasn't been tested for contaminants, but it's something the town is considering.
The dump site was in a sensitive area, near the town's water tower and about 200 metres from the Gateway wetlands nature park.
Basque said steps have been taken to ensure the illegal dumping doesn't happen again.
"Now there's a gate closed at all times," he said. "We've posted a sign to have no dumping and the address of the Fredericton Region Solid Waste Commission is on there."