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Illegal DumpingWarning - this news article expired on 2016-11-16. Information may no longer be accurate or applicable


The Town of Cobourg in conjunction with the Cobourg Police Service and Northumberland County would like to ask the community for assistance to help eliminate illegal dumping and littering in streets and alleys as well as on private and commercial properties.

Illegal dumping is disposing of waste or unwanted materials in unauthorized or undesignated areas. Items dumped illegally may include, but are not limited to:

• Household garbage

• Construction and landscaping debris

• Tires and automotive parts

• Furniture and appliances

• Used oil and chemicals (such as paint or oil)

“Unfortunately iIllegal dumping is occurring in all of Cobourg’s parks and we are averaging 20-50 grocery bags a day filled with household waste,” replied Teresa Behan, Manager of Parks at The Town of Cobourg.  Most illegal dumping is done to avoid paying disposal fees at landfills or failure to take the time and effort to dispose of items properly. Common areas for dumping may include vacant properties, alley ways, commercial dumpsters and along the roadside. Dumping causes devaluation of property, health hazards and stormwater pollution. Items dumped can wash debris and pollutants into the storm drain system,causing flooding, clogged drains and damage to fish, wildlife and plants downstream.

Bylaw Enforcement Officers and the Police will be fining anyone caught illegally dumping. Common areas for dumping will be monitored on a regular basis. Illegal dumpers can face a minimum fine of $105 or a maximum fine of $5,000.  “These enforcement actions and fines will be far reaching as the word hits the street,” said Deputy Chief Paul VandeGraaf of the Cobourg Police Service. “Our citizens and businesses are fed up with illegal dumping. We are pleased to work in tandem with the Town and County to address the critical need to take legal action against illegal dumping.”

How to Report Illegal Dumping

Citizens can help by reporting illegal dumping. Phone the Northumberland County Hotline at 1-866-293-8379 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Try to provide as much information as possible, such as the location of where the materials were dumped, vehicle description and license plate number and a personal description of the violator.

Dispose of Waste the Right Way - Information on Landfills

Many disposal options are available to residents of Northumberland County including weekly curbside pickup of garbage and recyclables, bulky waste vouchers for free disposal of up to 100 kg of large items and household hazardous waste depots.

The following facilities are accessible and open to the public and businesses:

Seymour Transfer Station: Summer hours (Apr. 1 – Nov. 30): Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 8:30-5 p.m.; Fall/Winter (Dec. 1 – Mar. 31) Monday, Friday and Saturday 8:30 -5 p.m., located on 5th Concession, west of County Rd. #30, south of Campbellford.

Bewdley Transfer Station: Spring-Summer hours (Apr.1-Oct.31): Mon. to Sat.: 8:30-5. Fall-Winter hours (Nov.1-Mar.31): Tues. to Sat.: 8:30-5. Located on County Rd. #9 between #28 and #18.

Hope Transfer Station: (open to residents of Ward 2 only) open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 9-5.

Brighton Landfill: Monday-Saturday from 8:30-5 p.m., located at 1112 County Road 26, north of Hwy 401.


Media Contacts

Ashley Purdy

Communications Officer

Town of Cobourg

p: 905-372-4301 x 4105

e: apurdy@cobourg.ca

Paul VandeGraaf

Deputy Chief of Police

Cobourg Police Service

p: 905-372-6821 x 2294

e: paul.vandegraaf@cobourgpolice.com