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Dumping of garbage on grounds a growing problem for Stephenville Lions Club

Henry Hedderson, president of the Stephenville Lions Club, poses 
next to the ever-increasing amount of debris dumped on the Lions Club property on Woodland Street.
Henry Hedderson, president of the Stephenville Lions Club, poses next to the ever-increasing amount of debris dumped on the Lions Club property on Woodland Street. - Frank Gale

Concerned about a growing problem of people dumping debris on Lions Club property, Henry Hedderson says the property is not a dumping ground and this practice has to stop.

Mayor Tom Rose agreed and said on Monday on his way into a planning and traffic committee meeting that he would raise the issue and get the town’s public works department on it to clean it up.

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Hedderson said the problem gets bigger every year and now people are coming there with pickup and trailer loads of garbage.

He said people can load this stuff on their pickup or on a trailer and go to the regional landfill in St. George’s or, in the case of metals, to Newco Metals and Recycling near Port Harmon, where they can get a little bit of cash for it in the process.

Hedderson said the latest of the debris was actually being thrown on their parking lot and taking up space there. He said with outdoor bingo set to start on May 21, they need those spaces.

He was glad to hear Rose had said the town would attend to it in short order, but is concerned about dumping at the location once it’s cleaned up, and in future years.

Hedderson said the Lions put a lot of effort into keeping their grounds clean, and people should put out their debris on their own property, as the town provides the collection service all over town.

He said having all this thrown there looks bad on their property and he is at a loss to why people figure it’s OK to do this when the Lions do so much for the community.

Hedderson said last year someone tore up their grass by doing large donuts with a vehicle, and now they have to contend with the problem of indiscriminate dumping.

“It has to stop. It’s getting out of hand,” he said.

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