Trashcan Coming to Supply Pond Entrance

By springtime, there will be a trashcan for those visiting the Branford Supply Pond.


There has been an ongoing debate about bringing trashcans to the Branford Supply Pond for some time – the matter was settled at the Feb. 6 Parks and Open Space Authority meeting and a trashcan has been ordered.

Ainsley Highman, chairman of the Parks and Open Space Authority, said the trash can should be delivered to the town in the next six to eight weeks and then it will have to be put in place, most likely using a cement base.

“It’s from a company that makes bear-proof trash cans so it’s relatively indestructible,” said Highman. “We’ve been talking about it for a while, but it was a big decision as it was an expensive purchase.”

The trashcan was paid for with the Parks and Open Space Authority’s budget and will be placed at the main entrance to the trails at Branford Supply Pond. Highman said they are also considering investing in a dog waste bag dispenser as well.

“We’ve found that some people scoop up their dog’s mess but leave the bags with the dog poop on the trail or in the parking lot,” said Highman. “We’re hoping that ends with the placement of the trash can.”

Bill Horne February 15, 2013 at 12:51 PM
Replacing the trash can that used to be at the Supply Ponds will solve the problem only if irresponsible people start acting more responsibly. The old trash can was thrown into the pond one night by some kids out "having fun". Hopefully, that won't happen to the new one when it's full of plastic-wrapped dog poop. Why is it that people who would never carelessly throw an empty plastic bag on the trails think that it's OK to drop the bag if it has dog poop it. Pet waste on the trails, roads and sidewalks, whether plastic-wrapped or not, is a major reason for the frequent beach closings Branford has endured in recent years. Do the right thing, take the poop home and flush it down the toilet where it belongs.
SolarPete February 15, 2013 at 01:02 PM
so u are ok with driving home where ever that might be with a fresh smelly bag of poo! Poo is biodegradable Where I live they have doggy parks with poo bags and u drop it in a trash bin for that reason it goes to the city trash site and much is either burned or buried In my yard it become worm food and the bugs take care of it
Arbie February 15, 2013 at 01:26 PM
I have a way to generate cash and pay for park and open space fixtures and maintenance: Open up the trails for "multi use" as they are in New Hampshire. The amount of revenue generated from ATV, trail bikes and snowmobiles will be astronomical. Everyone gets along on the trail systems with no problems: Walkers, hikers, bicycles, horses, ATVs, trail bikes, snowmobiles. The trails are beautifully maintained with 100% revenues generated from the off road vehicle registrations. Too bad I am only dreaming as this will never happen here, environmentalist are way too closed minded in the state.
Jenn McCulloch February 15, 2013 at 02:03 PM
Hi Bill. The new trashcan will be cemented into place. It's more of a trash receptacle vs. a typical trashcan.
Debra Kay Levi February 15, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Good thing!/ working together
John Tolbert February 15, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Not a trash can. For dog waste only
bball fan February 15, 2013 at 06:57 PM
I don't understand the problem and why this is such an ordeal. We have garbage cans, for whatever use, all over town at fields and parks and street corners. Since Supply Pond is apparently the only that gets vandalized once, just chain lock a couple of them to a pole or tree at a couple of spots. This shouldn't require an act of congress.
Dr. Alfred C. Whitehead February 16, 2013 at 06:16 PM
The correct spelling of the word is "trash can"... not "trashcan."


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