To the editor:
Dumping is against the law to my knowledge in the Town of Southington. There is not one parcel of land that is not owned by someone. Know your boundaries. Just because you have an open lot behind you or open space across the street doesn’t mean these are your personal dumping grounds.
These parcels of land are owned by the Southington Water Department, Southington Land Trust, Open Space which is owned by the Town of Southington or a Gas Pipe Line right of way.
Leaf and grass clippings, dead Christmas trees, old televisions, bikes, tires, barrels, pumpkins, etc. Do you have any of these that are piling up just over your property line? If so, I encourage you to become a responsible land owner and get out there and clean this dump up.
Leaves make a great compost base. Grass clippings can be avoided by purchasing a mulching lawn mower and asking your lawn person to do the same. There is no need to have them put these clippings in a barrel and then dump them somewhere. The fertilizers we use even if they are supposed to be organic are not good and give off a terrible smell once they start to decompose. I personally have had to retreat to inside my home and close windows when a lawn across the street was being sprayed.
Now what do we do with this stuff? The Town of Southington has a bulky waste facility located at 617 Old Turnpike Rd. You will need a bulky waste sticker displayed on your windshield of your car or truck. This sticker can be obtained at the Town Clerks Office, free of charge, when you show your vehicle registration and driver license on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or Thursdays, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Most households have a truck or SUV. If not, your neighbor probably does. Let’s get out there boys and clean up the mess. Put on those big boy pants and load up those trucks. If grandma—at 70-plus—can load up her Honda Civic and cart away her yard materials, you can do the same.
See you there.
Carol A. Langley, Southington resident