-SPN News, submitted article
On October 18th ten OPSRRA and JDF Community Trails Society members braved the elements to complete a community clean-up on Otter Point Road in the area just west of King Road. This was the second event funded through a grant from the CRD Community Clean-Up Assistance Program. The volunteers gathered approximately 10 m3 (12 yd2) of garbage, in addition to metal waste, construction materials, electrical appliances, hazardous materials including asbestos/concrete pipe, insulation and drywall.
The dumpster provided by Sooke Disposal Ltd. was almost completely filled within the space of three short hours. Volunteers used their own vehicles, at their own cost, to shuttle materials from the roadside to the dumpster and eventually to Sooke and Hartland waste disposal sites. Volunteers delivered metal waste to the waste depot on Marilyn Place and hazardous materials and electrical appliances to the Hartland Landfill, with CRD mileage allowances paid to the vehicle owners and reimbursement of dumping fees at Hartland through the grant.
Waste collected included television sets, microwaves, fax machines, hairdressing equipment, printers and telephones. Also included in the inventory was a car seat, a sofa, a children’s playhouse and pool as well as a car hood and fender, an empty oil barrel, full one-gallon containers of engine oil and other lubricants and dozens of empty plastic containers, garbage bags filled with household garbage – the list goes on! The dumped concrete and drywall potentially contained asbestos, and required special bagging and disposal at additional cost, as did animal carcasses.
In addition to Sooke Disposal and CRD contributions, The Stick in the Mud and Shirley Delicious provided coffee and sweets for the volunteers which were truly appreciated in the cool, rainy weather. Sooke Home Hardware assisted with the purchase of heavy duty gloves which were invaluable. Mainroad South Island could not attend the site due to commitments to repair culverts and roads damaged in the recent storms, but offered to assist in future efforts.
The volunteers were all pleased to be able to work together on this clean-up but expressed frustration that people find it more convenient to dump their garbage along the roadside rather than take it to a waste depot. Cost to dispose of waste are minimal; disposing of two bags of garbage at the Marilyn Road site costs less than a six-pack of beer and the disposal of the hazardous materials at the Hartland depot was not much more than a case of beer. Electronics and metal are recycled for free at the Sooke and Hartland depots.
Only the people doing the illegal dumping along roadways or in ‘the bush’ know what motivates them. Perhaps it’s saving ten bucks, perhaps it’s not having to drive into Sooke. Whatever the reason, it’s irresponsible and disrespectful toward neighbours and rural residents. It’s because of this irresponsibility that the CRD has adopted a bylaw dealing with illegal dumping as a deterrent. For those who persist in illegal dumping, the bylaw carries a maximum penalty of $10,000 per offence upon conviction.
The objective was to clean up the site and raise awareness of the problem of rampant illegal dumping. The source of the dumped material is unknown but some does come from local sources. This was the second illegal dumping clean-up event spearheaded by OPSRRA with support from the community, the CRD and Regional Director Mike Hicks. No one wants garbage dumped in their front or back yards. The time is long overdue to show more respect toward rural neighbours by stopping illegal dumping.
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