David Miller, mayor of the City of Toronto, has acknowledged an increase in the illegal dumping of household garbage in the city’s parks. He warned that six new bylaw officers are now out to catch violators.
"There are a couple of problems in our parks. One is litter. The other is illegal dumping. Both are unacceptable," Mr. Miller said at a press conference.
Brian Green, a downtown parks supervisor, says as much as 40 per cent of the waste collected from the parks under his purview is illegally dumped household garbage, mostly dumped at night.
The increase in dumping in parks increased after regular garbage collection was scaled back to once every two weeks and when green-bin organic-composting was launched.
The city now has eight bylaw officers, including six new ones, assigned to crack down on illegal dumpers, who face a $360 fine if convicted.