STATEWIDE – Campowners are returning and more people are out in the woods.
As a result, a familiar problem is making a comeback — people are discovering illegal littering and dumping on Maine trails.
Officials from the Maine Warden Service say they get up to 200 calls a year about illegal dumping and that creates problems for everyone.
“Unfortunately, with Maine being 94 percent private, they are dumping and making it somebody else’s problem and when you start making it somebody else’s problem,” David Chabot, the warden service’s landowner relations specialist, said.
“That leads to restrictions on the land, posting it, and therefore, we all lose the benefit of being able to recreate there,” Chabot said.
Added Warden Shannon Fish: “It really comes down to a respect issue. You’re using somebody else’s land to recreate on. The least you can do is be respectful and take out the trash you bring in.”
Officials say everything from appliances to tires and chemicals has been found in the dump sites. The cases are investigated and prosecuted. Authories They say the cost of cleaning up the sites can be hefty and that is also passed on to those found guilty of the illegal dumping.
A land owner appreciation day is held year to help clean up trash across the entire state.