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Boston fines distributor $2,500 after finding hundreds of phone books abandoned on empty lot

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  April 10, 2013 05:46 PM

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The city fined a telephone book distributor $2,500 for illegally dumping hundreds of phone books on a vacant lot in Hyde Park.

During a routine patrol, Boston Code Enforcement officials found more than five cubic yards of telephone books strewn about the property at 63 Providence St., an area where illegal dumping is common, according to a statement the city’s Inspectional Services Department Wednesday.

The officers traced the books back to HYBU Corporate, a phone book distributor based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and issued the company a $2,500 ticket for illegal dumping.

A representative for HYBU told city inspection officials that the company had contracted a local courier to distribute the books throughout Boston.

“The representative assured ISD staff that they would hire a company to remove the debris and conduct an investigation as to why this happened,” city’s statement said.

The city said fines for illegal dumping can range from $1,000 to $25,000 depending on the type and amount of debris.

Illegal dumping and other issues can be reported by calling the Mayor’s 24-hour hotline at 617-635-4500 or through the city’s web-based Citizens Connect system.

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at mjrochele@gmail.com.
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