State wants to curb illegal trash dumping

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Officials at the Maine Department of Conservation and Inland Fisheries and Wildlife say illegal trash dumping is increasing across the state.

DOC Director of Landowner Relations Robert Duplessie says the downturn in the economy and changes in how municipalities deal with waste are contributing to the increase.

He tells the Kennebec Journal he gets more than 50 illegal dumping complaints a year.

Duplessie says he’s concerned the illegal dumping will prompt landowners to post their property against trespassing, causing a loss of access to the property for recreation.

Duplessie says prosecution is difficult unless litterers are caught in the act.

In some places the Maine Forest Service has been using remote cameras at known dumping spots.

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Information from: Kennebec Journal, http://www.kjonline.com/

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