Hazardous waste day turns many away

Jun 5, 2019

The Carver Marion Wareham Regional Refuse Disposal District’s Hazardous Waste Day itself turned hazardous on June 1 as waiting cars queued up all the way down Charge Pond Road onto Route 28. In the past, hazardous waste days have been held at two locations. This year, the only open location for residents of all three towns to bring hazardous waste accumulated over the past year was the Wareham facility on Charge Pond Road.

The line stretched past the YMCA, prompting some parents to drop young baseball players off on the side of the road to run to the game as the line was moving too slowly.

There was an accident involving an out-of-control driver who weaved back and forth across the lane before hitting multiple cars, which were trapped in the bumper-to-bumper traffic.

A medical incident at the YMCA further backed up traffic.

Drivers who got sick of waiting crossed into the opposite lane to make U-turns to leave.

No one was directing traffic on Charge Pond Road.

Paul Hyde of Marion, who said he arrived between 10 and 10:30 a.m. to drop off some waste before heading to work at one, said traffic was backed up to Route 28 when he arrived.

When he reached the front of the line at 12:30 on the dot, he watched the person ahead of him begin to unload waste and was told that he needed to turn around and leave as no more waste could be accepted.

Several other residents contacted Wareham Week to share their experience of being turned away.

One woman who was involved in the car accident was dismayed after being turned away. Her car was hit and she decided to continue to wait for a total of about two and a half hours to complete the errand, but was unable to do so. She felt that the single police officer who responded to the accident, which involved four cars, was insufficient, and thought that there should have been a police detail to direct traffic.

Another Wareham resident stopped by the office and said that when a town employee said they needed to leave without dropping off their waste, “We inquired why and he unkindly said, in so many words, we were holding up traffic by asking him that question.

No one from the Waste District could be reached for comment.