Man comes forward after illegally dumping in Kelowna, gets fined

Illegal dumper caught

A 37-year-old man has been issued a $575 fine by the BC Conservation Officer Service after coming forward to admit to illegally dumping trash on Postill Lake Forest Service Road.

On Wednesday, the B.C. Conservation Officer Service asked the public for help in identifying a white Ford Ranger pick-up truck.

Electronics, a microwave, chairs, garbage and other household items were dumped just past the 10 kilometre mark near the access road to Moore Lake over the weekend.

On Thursday, the BCCOS said the man came forward and the dump site is being cleaned up. His name was not released.

Illegal dumping continues to be an issue in B.C. In Kelowna, a community group of outdoor enthusiasts, the Okanagan Forest Task Force (OFTF), organizes volunteer clean-up events for forested and outdoor recreational areas.

Since their formation in August 2016, they have cleaned up more than 300,000 pounds of garbage locally.

Anyone dumping garbage, building materials, or other debris into the environment can face penalties under the Environmental Management Act. Fines can range from $575 to a maximum of $1 million, or six months in jail.

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