Proclaiming their company as "Sanitation Specialists," the E-Z enterprise for portable toilets and mini storage units
, is located in Gates, N.Y., not even a mile from my house. If you drive past the storage units, a gargantuan sign with a bright yellow smiley face exclaims, "If you can't stop, smile as you go by." As a child, I would gaze out the back seat window and wave to the happy face and feel amazed at all of the storage units and portable bathrooms. Now, all that childhood sentiment is being questioned.
Although I have heard mere rumors about the possible habits of E-Z Does It, seeing the piles of old appliances and engines gave me incentive to inquire about the situation. As an environmentalist, it is so easy for me to jump to conclusions and point fingers when I get fired up about environmental hazard. But I must resist such habits and contact the company and ask about the garbage behind their facility. In a later post, I hope to sort out rumor from fact and get straight to the facts, and hopefully make sure that no more trash and old appliances end up in our precious woods.
Investigating the situation
Even before we got to the property, my brother and I spotted numerous old tires strewn in between bushes, several rusted pipes by a large pond, and even a large barrel of what looked to be paint or tar. To add insult to injury, this barrel was placed atop a large coil of barbed wire! This we found deep in the woods, near deer dens and trees where birds nest. What if an animal got caught in that dangerous material? If my brother didn't point out the black wires, I would have mistaken them for decomposed leaves and grass.
Standing at the property line, humbly acknowledging the "Keep Out" sign, we beheld a sight that made me wonder why or how this happened. There were piles of old engines, propane tanks, refrigerators and washers, just sitting back by the woods, encroaching on nature's domain. Who knows what could be spilling out of the engines or tanks? Even old toilets sat back there, falling apart and inviting waste to seep into the ground. I cringe when I think of how the possibility of potential chemicals and unknown substances could affect our town's water table, and since there are sewer drains nearby, this stuff could even find its way to the Erie Canal!
I could not resist seeing this environmental hazard without documenting it, so below is a video of what we found. Although it is easy for me to get huffy and automatically blame people, more investigation is in order before I can come to any conclusions. One thing is for sure: I need to work on getting this sorted out in order to help my local woods.