TOStrike illegal dumping altercation at Gzowski Park-Sunnyside Beach
By-Law Enforcement, Casimir Gzowski Park, Dump Site, Garbage, Illegal Dumping, TOStrike
The driver of a rented Home Depot truck allegedly attempted to dump his entire contents at the Sir Casimir Gzowksi Park temporary garbage dump site on Sunday evening June 28 2009.
Moments earlier, the driver had been denied entry to the single entrance of the Gzowski Park temporary dump site.
Customer Service staff were dubious that an overflowing load from a rented Home Depot pick-up truck qualified as regular household waste. They encouraged him to take his refuse to any of the 24 hour transfer stations or a private dump site, where the contents of his truck would be accepted, for a fee.
They then radioed ahead and informed fellow staffers manning the Sunnyside Beach temporary garbage dump site entrance to be on the look-out for an overflowing home depot truck.
Instead of trying again at Sunnyside though, the driver advanced along Lakeshore Blvd to the eastern end of Sir Casimir Gzowski Park, backed up his truck, got out and proceeded to begin moving the pinned blue fencing in what appeared to be an attempt at illegal dumping.
Customer Service and Security staff arrived on scene and words began to be exchanged. During the altercation, the driver mildly headbutted the staffer, at which point the staffer began to back off.
After being warned the Police may be called, and informed of the dollar amount of the fine for illegal dumping, the driver repeated various combinations of, "Go ahead! Call the cops! I’m a taxpayer… I paid for garbage…this is my right!"
The driver then actively began opening the fence at the eastern end of the Casimir Gzowski Park temporary garbage dump site, over continued verbal objections of Customer Service and Corporate security staff.
Toronto Police arrived on scene, including an officer from the Mounted Unit. Both sides repeated ther version of events and the officer patiently suggested that a By-Law Enforcement officer inspect the contents of the truck to determine its qualification as acceptable household waste at this dump site.
By-Law Enforcement Officer begins inspection of the household waste in the back of the Home Depot truck.
His verdict: construction materials of wood, kitchen panels, drywall, and almost the entire rest of the contents that were viewable — did not qualify to be dumped here. They had to go to the transfer station or a private dump site.
By-Law Enforcement Officer spent time clarifying what qualifies as household waste acceptable at any of the 19 Temporary Dump Sites.
This By-Law Enforcement officer had incredible patience and spent almost 30 minutes difusing the situation as Police, Dump Customer Service, Corporate Security, and passers-by watched.
They were encouraged to take their refuse to a proper transfer station or a private dump site.
Customer Service and Security staff re-enclosed the blue fencing at the eastern end of the Casimir Gzowski Park temporary Garbage Dump Site.
When asked if this has been a regular occurrence at either of the temporary dump sites, the customer service staff member who was headbutted said,
"Nah. It’s been pretty quiet. This has been the most action I’ve seen in a week. My shift’s over now, I gonna go home and tell my wife about this."
Week 2 of TOStrike begins today.