Kane Blake of the Okanagan Forest Task Force says “illegal dumping is on the rise at the moment and growing fast. “The task force’s goal is simple, working to keep our forests clean and to bring public awareness to the issue of illegal dumping and it’s impact on forested areas.
Blake attributes some of the new dump sites to people hiring non reputable haulers during their spring cleaning. Another possibility is because of Covid19 many more people are home doing more cleaning and the line ups the landfill are far longer then they usually are this time of year. “We have been doing more yard work recently and spent about 35 minutes in the line up just last week.” Blake says. He says “A simple Facebook search shows lots of people looking to hire people for Dump Runs but the real question is how much of it is actually making it to the landfill.”
Blake would like to tell people if there going to hire someone to take your stuff to the landfill please keep the names and conversations as well as proof of payment. This way if your information is found in a dump site you can possibly help to prove who dumped it. “We need to start holding people accountable and not let them think this is ok to do.” Blake says.
The group is hoping to get back to clean up’s even if they are just small ones “I just hate to see our beautiful forests turning into landfills from ignorant people being too lazy to go to the landfill.” Blake says. Kane and a couple members of the task force will continue to travel the back roads and document all the spots they find.