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Illegal dumping a mess

A resident out for a morning walk in Gallagher’s Canyon came upon an unsightly mess, when he found a dumpsite along McCulloch Road.

The photos he provided appear to show the aftermath of a substantial bathroom renovation that includes broken drywall, insulation, vanity, cupboards and a bathroom sink dumped on the ground.

It’s a problem that plagues a lot of municipalities, and is not just prevalent in the Central Okanagan.

“I think it’s something that happens in most communities. We get anywhere from 30 to 60 illegal dump sites called into our office every year,” says Cynthia Coates, Waste Reduction Facilitator with the Central Okanagan Regional District.

She says that backcountry forest roads have always been hotspots for illegal dumping, but questions why anyone would drive so far instead of simply heading to the local landfill.

“It’s not costly to get material to the Glenmore landfill,” she says and points out it could be as little as $10, depending on how much junk you have.

“So it doesn’t make much sense… to drive your vehicle into the bush and use all this gas to dump. You’re just creating a problem and you’re creating cost for taxpayers in general.”

The illegal dumper could also be fined up to $2,000 if the refuse is found on Crown land.


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