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Epping official wants to put kibosh on trashy manners at the dump

Union Leader Correspondent

November 29. 2017 11:26PM
Epping Town Administrator Gregory Dodge monitors several surveillance cameras at the town's transfer station. (Jason Schreiber /Union Leader Correspondent)

A sign posted at the entrance to the Epping transfer station advises that the facility is only open to residents. (Jason Schreiber)

EPPING — Town Administrator Gregory Dodge has a simple request for residents using the town dump: Please be cordial.

The request comes after what appears to be an increase in problems at the transfer station involving residents who aren’t following the rules and then take their frustrations out on the attendants trying to enforce them.

“They don’t get paid a lot of money to do what they do down there,” Dodge said of the transfer station workers.

Dodge said some of the issues relate to residents who aren’t dumping items in the areas where they’re supposed to be dumped. Not everyone stops and waits for an attendant to inspect their items and be told where they should be unloaded, he said.

Some residents also don’t realize that certain items can only be dumped if they pre-purchased a ticket at the town hall to cover the fee for the item’s disposal. They include items such as furniture, tires, scrap metal and TVs.

The town used to allow residents to pay the fee at the transfer station, but the policy changed about 10 years ago to improve the money flow. The fees are now collected at the town hall and residents are given a ticket to present at the time of disposal.

While the ticket policy has been in place for years, Dodge said some residents still may not realize they need the ticket and become frustrated when they arrive with their items only to learn that they needed to pay the fee and get their ticket at the town hall.

Workers also continue to have problem with residents picking through items at the dump, which isn’t allowed.

Police were notified Monday of an incident Saturday in which someone took toolboxes from a scrap metal pile. A worker got the license plate and police tracked down the resident later and explained that picking isn’t allowed.

In some cases, Dodge said, the attendants have been confronted by angry residents who have used obscene language while yelling and arguing.

Police have been called on occasion, he said.

The town last year spent $14,650 to install several surveillance cameras at the transfer station that allow Dodge and other officials to keep an eye on the facility.

“I just think it’s a better way to monitor things down there,” he said.

If a problem arises, Dodge said that it’s “nice to be able to look back at what happened.”

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