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Oct 7, 2014 4:12 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Environmentalist Pitches Dumpsters At Public Beaches In East Hampton

Oct 13, 2014 8:20 AM

The litter situation at the road ends at beaches throughout East Hampton Town has environmental advocate and wildlife photographer Dell Cullum seeing red.

Last Thursday, October 2, at a Town Board meeting, he presented an idea to put a large Dumpster at each beach in order to curb the amount of waste lying around smaller trash cans.

“We need to get this trash in a receptacle that can hold the volume of trash rather than continually put it in a receptacle that overflows,” he said. “People don’t like to touch the lids ... it’s laziness and coddling. Laziness is litter’s best friend.”

Mr. Cullum has addressed the problem of illegal dumping at road ends in the past, saying that people take their household garbage and leave it at the beach for free pick-up. “Why can’t we give them the opportunity, if they’re going to break the law, to have an area to dump it in?” he added. “Every time someone puts a trash bag outside of the can, that’s littering. When did that become acceptable?”

According to Town Councilwoman Sylvia Overby, the town picks up trash at the beaches during the summer season as often as two to three times a day.

But it’s still not enough, Mr. Cullum said. Holding up an illustration of a Dumpster, he urged the Town Board to consider another option. “Trash cans don’t work, and this may not work, but we should give it a shot,” he said. “If this is ugly, let’s get some artists to promote their work on it.” He also said the Dumpsters could be used as advertising space or “wrapped,” as some buses are.

On Monday, Ms. Overby, who also acts as liaison to the town’s Recycling and Litter Advisory Committee, said the logistics of Mr. Cullum’s idea would have to be worked out and supported by the public.

“I hear what he’s trying to say, but I’m not sure it’s something the community would accept,” she said. “It would need to go through the process to see if it is the right thing for these beaches. Maybe we’ll solve it in a different way, more in keeping with the beauty and the view as you go down there.”

The Town Board passed a resolution last week to make October “Recycling Awareness Month,” at the recommendation of the Recycling and Litter Advisory Committee.

The committee has scheduled several events and programs this month to curb litter, and put up a “Recycling Graveyard” at Town Hall, showing litter that should be recycled because it isn’t biodegradable.

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This household refuse is only a dumping problem on the east end because there is no garbage pick up at residences. Incorporating residential garbage pick up on the east end would beautify our community.
By freelance (21), Westhampton Beach on Oct 9, 14 8:31 AM
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that may be true, but that doesn't address the problem of packed beaches with two garbage cans that are full by 10 AM.
By tm (174), mtk on Oct 9, 14 9:13 AM
Exactly, and why isn't the town/village emptying them more regularly? Another issue is getting people thinking towards using recyclable/reusable containers and bags when going to the beach. The ban on plastic bags (which absolutely MUST include Citarella bags) will help perpetuate this.
By johnj (1024), Westhampton on Oct 9, 14 12:39 PM
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Why cant we just carry out what we carry in. If you bring a sandwich, cola and a New York Times, take the rapper, can and paper home.
By Born in EQ Local (8), East Quogue on Oct 9, 14 12:53 PM
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We don't need large dumpsters, we need small surveillance cameras and heavy fines. Beaches are recreation areas, not transfer stations. It's way past time to make people responsible for being slobs. And there are plenty of residential garbage pickup options here; one needs only a telephone and a credit card.
By VOS (1241), WHB on Oct 9, 14 1:22 PM
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I think this a great idea and should be tried in Southampton as well. One reason these trash cans at the beaches fill up is that that is the only place it seems that there are garbage cans available for people to use. Its not the just the people at the beach that use them, but others such as week end residents and residents that generate little garbage that does justify having a weekly pick up service or accumulating a lot of garbage to fill a 16 gallon town bag--which gets really stinky in summer.

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By Toma Noku (616), uptown on Oct 9, 14 1:48 PM
Take away the trash cans all together! If there are no cans, there is nowhere for people to pile their garbage. People think that putting their garbage next to a full can isn't littering. If there is no can to start, then everything put there will be littering!
By Photoman (10), East hampton on Oct 10, 14 3:31 PM
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The thing is a monstrosity. End of story. I wonder if this clown will get a kick back on every sale.
By nazznazz (276), east hampton on Oct 10, 14 6:39 PM
Please contact me about doing an art project around this. I have a social network of artists looking to collaborate on a beach clean up project on earth day on the East End and this would be a great way to fill that up for the first time with a clean up, I have some other ideas too. My social network can be found here: www.unity.gallery thanks!! I tried to get a project going on this in the Fall this year, but I need more local partners... I went to LIU Southampton and would like to find away ...more
By lacey (5), New Milford on Nov 6, 14 7:28 PM