Penticton and South Okanagan
Illegal dumping caught on camera
Oct 5, 2013 / 9:14 am
A Penticton man, long disturbed by illegal dumping in the area, appears to have captured a recent incident on Beaverdell Road with a camera.
Photos taken by the man, who asked to remain anonymous, show a blue pick up truck carrying a load of what appears to be furniture up the road, minutes later, the truck comes back down the road empty, with a cover over the back.
The man said what is most disturbing to him, is this happens all too often.
He has seen everything in roughly the same location from furniture to building materials and even wrecked cars pushed over the side of the road.
"You name it, it's there," he said.
It has reached the point, where the man who goes to the area for cookouts, said he has cleaned the garbage up himself and hauled it out.
"It just seems like these people are too lazy to go up the other hill and dispose of it the proper way, and I am hoping this will shame the guy and someone will recognize him," he said. "It would be nice if it could be monitored somehow, or if perhaps there was a phone number posted at the Lost Moose Lodge up there that people could call."
The man's reference to the other hill is the Campbell Mountain Landfill, the official dump site in Penticton.
According to the Ministry of Environment Conservation Officer Service, it would be up to the regional district to clean up any illegal dump sites, and if they have information on the offender then the service would investigate.
Wendy Bennett, solid waste facilities assistant with the RDOS, says illegal dumping is an ongoing problem.
"It is all over. It's not just the RDOS, other areas have the same issue," she said. "People will even go right past the Campbell Mountain Landfill and dump on the road."
She said the RDOS deals with the clean up, and if they find the person's phone number they will contact them.
People who see the illegal dumping also need to contact authorities, because it can be an environmental issue.
"It can be a fire hazard or leach into creeks or the ground itself," she said.
Bennett said there is information on reporting illegal dumping on the RDOS website, or call the Illegal Dumping Hotline at 1-866-566-3867 (1-866-5 NO DUMP).
There is also the Report All Poachers and Polluters, RAPP, toll free tip-line 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP).
Castanet would like to talk to the driver of the truck; contact us at [email protected] and tell us your story.
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