|This Spring we encountered not one, but two burned out trash barrels on Columbia Rd in Upham's Corner.
- The first was located in front of 622 Columbia Rd, the entrance to an apartment building.
a Department of Public Works truck drove by and stopped, we asked them
about what had happened: why, how often, who,what - as if burning trash
barrels were an important occurrence. As interesting as it might
have seemed (imagining the size of the fire), it is apparently nothing
more than another day in the life of DPW.
- The second was just up the street at the bus stop - Holden and Columbia Rd
Yes, the driver said, people burn the plastic trash barrels, not just
here in Upham's Corner but in other parts of the city.
Gasoline? Do they walk around with a flammable fluid?
No, a match will do if there is enough trash in the barrel. Trash on fire will melt the barrel.
And what is the solution? Replace the barrels, of course.
|One evening towards midnight this author (and her dogs) heard the sound of objects
crashing to the ground just ahead and around the corner onto Columbia
Rd close to Dudley street. What we saw was both surprising and frightening.
What looked like a really angry male was
pulling the plastic trash can out of its metal holder and throwing
it to the ground with great force, scattering the trash everywhere. He then proceeded to the next trash
receptacle and did the same thing.
Needless to say, we got out of his way pronto.
|Henry Nevarez owns Nevarez Clothing Gear on
Dudley Street. He has had a trash barrel in front of his business
for several years in an attempt to keep the sidewalk clear and
clean. Recently, someone removed it from its mooring and walked
off with it.
Same is true for some residents who put out the trash and forget to
bring in the barrels quickly enough. The best disappear.
Black market for trash barrels?