“There’s no excuse for this type of illegal dumping,” Coun. Denis Sauve said after taking his own initiative to clean up garbage dumped near the hump and on the way to the lookout this week.
“Last week I took out 1,543 pounds of garbage on the way to the lookout,” Sauve said. “[On Monday night] I went up to the hump and picked up another huge load,” adding up to 2,100 lbs over the past few days alone.
Illegal dumping has been a growing concern recently and a Facebook page called “Stop Illegal Dumping—Vancouver Island” has been set up to shed light on the issue and organize cleanups.
Since its creation on March 12, over 4,500 people have ‘liked’ the page.
With the lowest tipping fees on the island at the Alberni Valley landfill, Sauve said that it’s up to people to dispose of their garbage properly.
“We are not going to tolerate illegal dumping,” he said, adding that he’s “asking the public to be on the lookout while enjoying our trails. All evidence of such dumping will be handed to the proper authority.”