Enhanced Security at Landfills
The Township of Algonquin Highlands has issued the following notice:
The Township of Algonquin Highlands takes workplace safety very seriously and is committed to providing work spaces that are safe and harassment-free.
Sadly, incidents of worker harassment have been on the rise, particularly at our Waste Disposal Sites. There have been increased incidents of illegal dumping, failure to pay applicable fees, dumping without authorization, damage to property, theft, and other by-law infractions. In an increasing number of situations, attempts by landfill workers to manage these situations are met with verbal abuse, harassment and threats. This is unacceptable.
Waste disposal site rules and regulations exist to protect workers, protect the public and to protect the environment. It is required that every user of municipal waste disposal sites does so with respect and in accordance with rules and regulations.
To help ensure Algonquin Highlands’ waste disposal sites and workers are safe and secure, the Township has reached out to the OPP to conduct increased patrols at the sites. In the next few months the public may see an increased police presence at Township of Algonquin Highlands waste disposal sites.
Landfill workers have been authorized to note or photograph the license plates of those behaving badly and the OPP will be asked to follow up.
For the safety and security of all, please keep in mind these key points:
- All workers are entitled to a workplace free of harassment;
- Any person who is abusive or disrespectful to staff may be refused service;
- Access to waste disposal sites can be suspended, restricted or terminated if rules and regulations are violated