The illegal dumping at Kenosha County’s Petrifying Springs Park rose to a new level last week.
Last week a reader brought to our attention that a van pulled up to one of the trash bins in Parking Lot No. 4 and unloaded multiple dozens of unopened, large Jif peanut butter containers.
A visit to the park verified the claim and a call was placed to Matthew Collins, director of Kenosha County Parks.
“Unfortunately, if we don’t know who did it, then there isn’t much we can do with it,” Collins said. “Sometimes we get lucky and catch them.”
In February, two area residents were cited separately for incidents involving illegal dumping of their household trash into dumpsters at Petrifying Springs. Posted warnings on the dumpsters indicate violators of county ordinance 10.07(1)(a) can face “up to $400 in fines or 90 days in jail.”
As for the peanut butter? Once it is in the trash Collins said it couldn’t be salvaged because of the “cleanliness factor.”
The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department is in charge of county ordinance enforcement. Collins said anyone witnessing dumping should get the license plate of the vehicle committing the violation and report it to the sheriff’s at 262-605-5100.