Large pile of furniture, bags left beside dumpsters
St. John’s business owner Kasper Saunders is no stranger to dealing with illegally dumped garbage outside his business on Blackmarsh Road, but never before has he come across a pile as large as the one left there over the weekend.
The owner of Saunders Bath and Kitchen Gallery believes this large pile of garbage was dumped outside his business sometime between late Friday evening and early Saturday morning. — Submitted photo
“It just pissed me off,” said the owner of Saunders Bath and Kitchen Gallery.
“We come in lots of times and there’s a few garbage bags or something there and we sort of turn a blind eye to it and throw it in the dumpster and let it go. But I couldn’t let this go.”
The massive pile included various pieces of wooden furniture and garbage bags, some of which contained personal banking information. Saunders said no effort was made to conceal the identity of those who owned the garbage.
“I’m assuming — now I don’t know for sure — but it appears to me that somebody may have hired somebody to clean up their basement or clean out their office, and they just dumped it here. I can’t see anybody dumping their personal cheque books or things like that.”
Saunders contacted the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Monday morning to file a complaint. Saunders said he will not attempt to contact anyone whose name appeared on items found in the garbage until police start investigating.
If he does not hear back from the RNC, Saunders will look to contact those to whom the garbage appeared to belong.
If circumstances surrounding how the garbage appeared on his land match what Saunders believes to be true, it would not be the first time someone was paid to take garbage to a dump only to dispose of it elsewhere.
This June, The Telegram told the story of a Torbay woman who paid a person $20 to transport an old woodstove and other items to the Robin Hood Bay waste facility. Instead, it was dumped on a road off the Southern Shore Highway between Cape Broyle and Brigus South.
Saunders suspects the garbage was unloaded at some point overnight Friday, noting that multiple people noticed the pile by noon Saturday — his business was closed over the weekend.
The garbage was loaded into two dumpsters Monday morning. The dumpsters were most recently emptied Friday and would have been in that state on the weekend.
“They didn’t make any attempt to even throw it into the dumpsters, and we filled them (Monday) morning,” said Saunders. “We got two dumpsters out there now completely overfull because there was that much garbage.”
Saunders believes his business was targeted because his dumpsters are visible from Columbus Drive and easy to access with a vehicle. Saunders Bath and Kitchen Gallery is located in a high-traffic area on the corner of Columbus Drive and Blackmarsh Road.
According to a spokeswoman for the City of St. John’s, city bylaws state that any garbage or material left on a property is the property owner’s responsibility.
“This is the same if garbage is illegally dumped on city property — we are responsible to clean it up,” she wrote in an email to The Telegram.
She added that the business took appropriate action by contacting the police.