Litterbugs caught and fined by Department of Natural Resources

Nov 9, 2020

The Wareham Department of Natural Resources caught several people in the act of illegally dumping mattresses in a wooded area off of Charge Pond Road on Saturday, Nov. 7 -- and the culprits will be paying the price. 

At about 2:30 p.m., an officer saw two people unloading a mattress, with one more in their truck and three already on the side of the road. 

The duo claimed they would be returning to burn the mattresses at a later time.

The operator of the truck was charged with trespassing with a motor vehicle ($500 fine) and unlawful disposal of trash, which carries a $1,000 fine and a seven day license suspension.

The passenger will also be charged for unlawful disposal of trash and fined $1,000.
In total, the pair’s thwarted dumping cost them $2,500, or $500 per mattress. 

The Department of Natural Resources noted that the truck used did not feature any company markings and was not licensed to a business.

On Sunday, officers caught another person on camera who dumped a variety of debris on Bourne Hill Road, which is under 24 hour surveillance. The person responsible was found, fined $300 for littering, and made to clean up the mess he had left.