The Carleton Place Dump War

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Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

In September of 1973 the town works crews found themselves without any place to dump Carleton Place’s garbage  after the owner of the town dump site closed it in a dispute over its operation. Abraham Levine owner of the four-acre site on the 10th line of Beckwith Township blocked access to the dump to show displeasure with the way the town of Carleton Place had been operating it.

The town had been dumping on the site since 1966 for $250 a year, and their contract was not going to run out until 1976. But according to Mayor Eldon Henderson Mr. Levine was unhappy with a decision by the town to leave the dump open 24 hours a day.

Mayor Henderson said Mr. Levine wanted an attendant on duty at all times to see that the garbage was dumped properly. Henderson retorted saying it was impossible to close the dump at certain hours because cottage owners and other persons who brought their garbage to the site merely left it outside the locked gates making extra work for the town crews.

 

So they stopped hauling garbage in Carleton Place for a day or two trying to make other arrangements to haul it to another site in Huntley township and they were definitely looking for another site to replace the Levine dump for future use.

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Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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