Natural resource officers clean up over 90 tonnes of illegally dumped waste

Photo of Garbage cleanup in the Kootenays in 2011 by Province of British Columbi
Photo of Garbage cleanup in the Kootenays in 2011 by Province of British Columbia

A combined effort from the natural resource officers from Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations along with a local recycling company, removed over 90 tonnes of illegally dumped waste metal from Crown land northeast of Kimberley.

Despite the dump being officially closed back in the 1970s, people continued to illegally dispose of waste there for over 40 years, officials said. The results have been an unsightly accumulation of old cars, car parts, appliances and garbage, according to a press release.

Twenty-nine large truckloads from the recycling contractor were required to haul away metal, while the ministry staff removed another six truckload of discarded tires.

This is the second time that natural resource officers made efforts to clean-up waste in the area. Last year, the staff removed about nine tonnes of waste dumped illegally at half a kilometre northeast of this year’s clean-up site.

The ministry has closed off the old access road to discourage people from dumping their waste. They have also issued several violation tickets to people caught dumping material unlawfully on Crown land.

People can be issued a violation ticket of up to $575, assessed a penalty of up to $1,000,000 and/or imprisoned for up to six months, under the Environmental Management Act. The Land Act also hands out for fines of up to $20,000 and/or a jail term of up to 60 days for anyone found guilty of illegal dumping.

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