Town Seeks Help in Identifying Asbestos Dumper

Asbestos was found in the dumpster behind Thorpe Elementary School earlier this week.


The town is seeking help from the community to identify the persons involved with the asbestos dumping in a dumpster earlier this week.

Board of Health Director Peter Mirandi said he first received notice of the situation on Monday morning, after a custodian noticed construction debris sticking out the dumpster behind the school.

The dumpster was removed to the town's and was taken in for sampling by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

A new dumpster was brought to the elementary school, but when the custodian returned Tuesday morning, he found more debris had been dumped.

Mirandi told the Salem News the debris appears to have possibly come from a house in the of ranch-style homes that date back to the 1950s and 1960s. Thorpe Elementary, on Avon Road, is located in the Woodvale neighborhood.

On Wednesday morning DEP confirmed the debris contained asbestos, which is known to cause lung cancer.

In order for the asbestos to be properly removed, Mirandi said the town will have to spend roughly $2,900. In the meantime, the new dumpster at Thorpe has been chain welded so it can be properly locked.

"The Strike Force is going to be coming and any leads that they can get would be valuable," Mirandi said. He is encouraging residents to call with any information.

"If we ever catch the person who does this in my town, we will prosecute to the full extent of the law," Mirandi told the Salem News.

Who To Contact

  • Peter Mirandi can be reached at 978-777-0001, ext. 3025.
  • can be reached at 978-774-1213.
  • The DEP's Environmental Strike Force can be reached at 888-846-5283, and the agency's Northeast Regional Office in Wilmington can be reached at 978-694-3200. Calls to the Strike Force will be handled confidentially.
M. M. March 09, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Maybe take a look at recent remodel permits pulled in that neighborhood and make some phone calls. A padlock on a dumpster might help too.
Cwheels March 09, 2012 at 08:57 PM
All of the towns dumpster should be locked up. I asked the driver about it and he said it would be no problem at all. He just needs the say so from Walter, I don't know who that is. It sounds like illegal dumping is an on going problem in town. JRM has the locks, Town of Danvers why aren't we using them?
helen burns March 10, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Exactly! Lock the dumpsters. Perhaps there is a property owner out there who had asbestos removed recently (and probably paid a large amt. of money for "legal disposal") who would come forward and identify who did the work. Have permits for this work been researched?


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