Auburn St. dump and flood pics

By , April 12, 2010 7:44 am

Off of River St. next to the old brick kiln – not far from the junction of Rt. 105 is Auburn Street. It runs down to the Taunton River and the remnants of an old bridge that burned down(I think) some years ago. The street has been gated off by the town of Middleboro.
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If you take a walk down Auburn Street as I did recently, you will see what I saw – an unregulated, unofficial, full blown, WTF-is-this, dump. Old trucks, fuel tanks, truck trailers, gas grills – you name it, it’s down there. The refuse runs all along the road and stops just steps away from the Taunton River – recently designated as a wild and scenic river. Wild is right … scenic?… not so much.
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Here are some photos. The first couple show the latest illegal dumping at the entrance to the Taunton River Wildlife Management Area on River St. After those are pics of Auburn St., then a bit of the flooding on Summer and Murdoch Street, followed by some unrelated pictures of my cool doggie.

12 Responses to “Auburn St. dump and flood pics”

  1. I live on the other side of that river. One of these days I’m going to go to the other half of Auburn street and see if it’s as big a dump as on the Middleboro side.

    When see pictures like these or when I drive down Summer Street with it’s beautiful fields, only to spot some garbage bags or discarded piece of furniture that someone has dumped on the side of the road, not only does it make my blood boil, but it reminds me of the casino debate. While some people can appreciate the beauty and natural gifts of the place they call home, others don’t see it at all. It’s just another acre. Just another patch of grass to do with what they want. Sometimes it’s another place to dump their garbage.

    Definitely a disconnect there.

  2. bumpkin says:

    I wrote a column last year on road side trash and there are things that can be done. The thing is that it requires all-around effort from the town, citizens, and even business. The town hasn’t, IMO, made any real efforts to bring attention to illegal dumping.

    Allowing this site to fester for so long really doesn’t do much for me. I know we’re broke and we have a cool casino to attend to, but cleaning an oil tank before it ruptures is a pennies-on-the-dollar, no-brainer to me.

  3. I read that column and thought it was an excellent call to action. Why are people dumping illegally? Is it really that expensive to bring stuff to the dump?

  4. Robert Pittsley says:

    Other towns in the area have a day where your large trash can be picked up curbside by the town. This usually includes furnature, computer CRTs and other itmes not normally picked up. Does Middleboro do this? Ive never heard of it.

    I have an old boat that I cant rid myself of and it is full of large items that I cant break down for houshold garbage. I cant even imagine what the town would charge me if I pulled into the dump with a “boat-load” of trash. Pardon the joke. I dont sympathize with illegal dumping but is there a free alternative to a public already broke and burdened? Feel free to give me flak. : )

  5. bumpkin says:

    I think it should be free to dispose of big-ticket items AND have a couple of big-ticket pickup days. Without them – we are encouraging illegal dumping and incurring the higher cost of picking them up.

  6. bumpkin says:

    @Gladys Kravitz
    It can be $25 or $50 – so it is significant cost. As I said in the last comment – it should be free. Just up the trash fees to cover the extra cost if needed.

  7. Robert Pittsley says:

    Some dumps have recycling shacks. Leave things like working computer parts, couches, fish tanks, paint. You are allowed to take items as well. Kinda like recycling.

  8. Herb says:

    Almost every item shown is steel. It is currently worth $250 ton. The owner of this property
    either doesn’t need the money or maybe has other plans for them. One mans trash, etc.,etc.,etc.

  9. fargo says:

    This is a perfect day to discuss, trash. After all it is “Earth Day” and Bumpkins article was the key to bringing this to our attention.
    These are issues that need to be addressed in this town, along with the “rubbish” fee,or is it “tax” that has been shoved down our throats.
    In answer to Mr. Pittsley, our wonderful town use to have a spring and fall cleanup day and then went to spring and now, nothing.
    So now, you have to imagine, that quarterly revenue in rubbish that keeps bringing in more revenue for the town, why can’t that be used for clean ups? Didn’t it just get told to us that revenue had an extra $100,000.00 for two years running for rubbish? Well, for it not to be considered a tax it has to be used for something like this.
    As far as Auburn Street goes, why can’t the state prison have a cleanup using their so call prisoners that may be safe to the community?

  10. bumpkin says:

    Plus we could ask the prisoners to voluntarily pick up just one item from Middleboro roads after breaking out of prison.

  11. Mick says:

    Great article. This is so sad.

    So, would it be legal for me to show up with my pickup and torches and bring a load of scrap to be recycled? My truck can handle two tons. Wouldn’t be a bad way to spend an afternoon.

  12. bumpkin says:

    A nice gesture Mick but this is the responsibility of Middleboro. Make that offer to the town manager and ask him why we are letting this site persist. Respectfully of course.

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