Using cameras to deter dumpers

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Central N.L. Waste Management expanding use of video

Central Newfoundland Waste Management is taking steps to enhance security at its facilities and deter people from illegally using them after hours.
The organization responsible for managing dump sites in central Newfoundland recently issued a tender to purchase six Internet protocol (IP) cameras for surveillance purposes.

Two such facilities — the main facility in Norris Arm and the Twillingate transfer station — are already equipped with those devices.

“Security has always been on our agenda, and we said the way we would approach that and the way we are moving in that direction is with the IP camera,” said Ed Evans, manager of Central Newfoundland Waste Management.

IP cameras capture high-definition video, zoom in on individuals, provide high-resolution images and pivot a full 360 degrees through the use of an axis. The cameras will be installed at the remaining six transfer stations: in Buchans, Fogo Island, Gander Bay, Indian Bay, Point Leamington and Terra Nova.

“We have employees that work down there 40 hours a week, and obviously there’s a lot more hours in the week than that,” said Evans. “It gives us an opportunity to keep an eye on when a facility is open and when it’s not open.”

Cameras have already captured footage from two incidents at Central Newfoundland Waste Management facilities. Evans said those matters are being dealt with.

“If there is a breach and somebody is in there, we have the opportunity to go back and print the pictures and do due process — the way it should be done — to try and straighten up these issues.”

A security camera was installed at the Twillingate site as a pilot project of sorts, according to Evans. Central Newfoundland Waste Management is confident the remaining six transfer stations will benefit from the presence of security cameras.

The tender for the six cameras closes June 10.

arobinson@thetelegram.com

Twitter: @TeleAndrew

Organizations: Waste Management

Geographic location: Twillingate, Norris Arm, Newfoundland Buchans Fogo Island Gander Bay Indian Bay Point Leamington Terra Nova

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  • Karl
    June 03, 2014 - 14:25

    A little more access days to the dump sites outside the city would be a big help also.