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Bear Hole Trash: Fines for illegal dumping far outweigh a trip to the dump

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A massive pile of trash left at a local reservoir has West Springfield police still investigating.

This illegal dumping was so bad the town’s mayor took to social media to voice his concerns.

Mayor Will Reichelt has had police go through the pile to find out where it came from.

This trash dumping was no quick drop off and go, we’re talking mattresses, furniture, even a doll house was here.

Mayor Reichelt posted a video to Facebook over the weekend showing folks in town the pile, raising awareness to the issue and making it very clear that this is unacceptable in West Springfield.

Bear Hole Reservoir is one of the town’s recreational areas, just north of Robinson State Park. The pile is filled with large furniture, hospital gear, even trash you can put right in your garbage bins. In fact, according to the Mayor, this all could’ve been dropped off for free at the town Dump on Agawam

Drop off at the transfer station, or town dump, is free 3 times a year for up to 5 large items per drop off.

So now the question remains who did this? The mayor says it was someone in town, and when they find out who, they could face some serious fines.

Massachusetts law is very strict when it comes to illegal dumping especially on or near highways, public land, and bodies of water.

According to Mass law, anyone who dumps any kind of trash, from bottles and cans to scrap items and even furniture, on or near a highway, public land, or body of water could be fined up to $5,500 for the first offense, and up to $15,000 for each additional offense. If it was dropped off by vehicle, police can also impound the car, and you will be required to pick the trash back up.

If you see trash like this, you can call the non-emergency police line at 413-263-3210 with tips.

If you have questions about how to dispose of trash, call West Springfield DPW at 413-263-3246 or Mayor Will Reichelt’s office at 413-263-3041.

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