Residents frustrated by amount of trash at Festival Pier in Pawtucket

Liquor bottles, fireworks, and fast food debris continue to litter the pier.

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE) –  Pawtucket residents and those that frequent Festival Pier say they are tired of people destroying the area with trash.

Liquor bottles, fireworks, and fast food debris continue to litter the pier.

“I think it looks horrible,” said Yaneras Nunez of Central Falls.

The trash is strewn about the parking lot, the grass, there’s even some in the Seekonk River.

“I noticed a bunch of trash, fireworks, shorts we pulled out of the water,” said Adam Gladney, who was fishing there Thursday. “If you look down here there’s trash everywhere. It’s disgusting!”

A recent post in a Pawtucket community Facebook group about the garbage garnered a lot of attention on social media with almost 100 comments.

It’s something people say seems to be worsening recently.

“I’ve been fishing down here for 20 years and I’ve never seen it like this with all the trash,” said Ronald Lippe of Pawtucket.

In a statement the Department of Public Works Director Eric Earls called littering a “Detriment to the community,” and said they will be tending to the trash immediately.

Some there on Thursday told ABC 6 it takes away from the beauty of the town.

“It’s not good for the environment, and it’s not good for the city to be known as looking ugly like that,” said Nunez.

The DPW Director tells ABC 6 they do include Festival Pier in their normal cleaning schedule, but appreciate people bringing these extra issues to their attention.

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