Mount Trashmore to go green

August 21, 2018

BRIDGEPORT-It’s been decades in the making.

But the filthy, smelly often burning Mount Trashmore on Central Avenue is gone.

Replacing it? Who knows? Maybe greenhouses.

This morning Mayor Joseph Ganim will announce that the environmental remediation of the site which was the subject of a lawsuit brought by then Attorney General Richard Blumenthal in 1992 is complete.

Ganim has scheduled a news conference for 10:30 a.m. to announce the last bit of debris is gone and environmental remediation is over.

But the memories of a 35-foot tower filled with warped wood, broken bricks and crumpled siding still remain. During its 1990s heyday the debris weighed more than 35,000 tons and could cover three football fields.

The site and smell so angered East Side residents that they turned to their churches for help. Watching the site grow and smolder the ministers called in a higher power—the Rev. Jessie Jackson, then a Presidential candidate. On three occasions Jackson came to Central Avenue, met with city politicians and even organized a sitdown with Geno Capozziello, who with his brother, Russell owned the now defunct Connecticut Building Wrecking Co. that built the mountain.

Jackson’s visits brought national prominence and media attention to this mountain of toppling trash.

The Capozziellos’ poverty plea was not something then-Attorney Richard Blumenthal was buying. He sued them on behalf of the state. The Chief State’s Attorney’s office brought charges. And the brothers Capozziello were jailed and fined $868,000.

But it wasn’t until the state forked over $500,000 and the city antied up another $237,000 that the debris was removed. It took D&L Enterprises of Bridgeport eight weeks to load their trucks and haul the debris to licensed dumping sites in Rhode Island.

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