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Illegal dump site no more

An illegal dumping ground between Peachland and West Kelowna is finally getting cleaned up after hundreds of pieces of garbage sat in the lot for months on end. 

The illegal dumpsite located on the hill near the intersection of Highway 97 and the Okanagan connector was found back in October by the Peachland Fire Department. Hundreds of tires have been dumped there, along with household waste, broken appliances and construction debris.

The property is owned by the Provincial Government, and a clean-up initiative was launched by the Regional District of Central Okanagan with the assistance of the Okanagan Task Force, staff from nearby Gorman Bros. Lumber Mill and numerous resident volunteers in the area. 

Tire Stewardship BC (TSBC) is offering services to assist in cleaning up an area .

“We are thrilled to be able to offer our services to the Regional District and the community surrounding this illegal dumpsite. Our program takes pride in knowing the tires will be disposed of in an environmentally-friendly way, and the area will be cleaned up for those who live in the area,' said Rosemary Sutton, Executive Director, TSBC. 

The scrap tires will be ground into crumb rubber and used to create a variety of products including athletic tracks and playground surfaces. 

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