OXFORD (CBS) – Wednesday was a busy, backbreaking day for Mike Sweeney, but he’s got better things he could be doing, like running his charity, Mint Green Planet, which takes donations of clothing and shoes.

Instead, he’s cleaning junk out of a vacant lot along Route 20 in Oxford.

“A little more than clothes and shoes,” says Sweeney. “I didn’t think it was this bad.”

WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith reports

A pair of boxes is set up to receive donated books and clothing, but good luck getting to them. First you have to pick your way through old broken TVs, broken glass, about a dozen couches and just about anything else.

Sweeney says he’s had enough.

“They dump it under the guise of donating,” says Sweeney. “This is just absolutely ridiculous.”

Sweeney says he has about 250 donation boxes throughout the area and he says dumping is an occasional problem, but he’s never seen a problem like this.

People at nearby businesses are also frustrated.

“People just dumping off everything, anything and everything,” says Nicholas Michalak. “I’ve called the police and gotten no response.

Mike Sweeney just wants some help from somewhere. “It’s just very difficult to comprehend why someone would do that,” he says.

Comments (4)
  1. Brian doe says:

    Saw this the other weekend and was disgusted by it. Hope someone steps up and reports this. If you saw this like I did first hand you would have felt bad for the people that had to clean up someone’s house on the side of the road!

  2. MVgal says:

    Unfortunately most towns charge to get rid large or electronic items. Because of this, people will dump where ever they can at the expense of others. Rather than putting these boxes in an empty lot, they should be placed where there is more monitoring.

  3. sean says:

    same thing happens all along chestnut street in abington

  4. mmarcia says:

    People think they can dump all kinds of c**p and feel ttat they’re donating. You should see the quality of some of the clothing they dump on Salvation Army or St Vincents!

    Would you buy a used mattress?

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