ORONO, Maine — Local police charged a Corinth man with littering Wednesday after the content of trash bags left outside a Dumpster at Talmar Wood was traced to him.
Issued a summons was 41-year-old Shawn Bouchard, Orono police Sgt. Scott Scripture said Thursday night.
Scripture said the summons was the result of some detective work on the part of an employee of Talmar Wood, where the management was becoming increasingly frustrated about trash being thrown into on-site receptacles by people who aren’t tenants.
After finding five trash bags set on the ground beside a full Dumpster, the employee allegedly sifted through the contents of at least one of the bags and found trash with Bouchard’s name on it and turned the information over to police. It was not clear how many of the bags were left there by Bouchard, Scripture said.
“It’s not that uncommon,” Scripture said of illegal trash dumping, which he noted also can result in a charge of theft of services because property owners and managers pay fees for the use of Dumpsters.
He said the problem appears to have increased since area cities and towns began implementing pay-as-you-throw systems.