(Bob Sorensen Facebook photo)

(Bob Sorensen Facebook photo)

There’s a word for those who dump illegally

When did people start seeing side roads and Crown land as their own personal garbage dump?

What happened to being responsible for your own mess, and not giving it to someone else to clean up after you have walked away? Why would you go to all the trouble of loading up a pickup truck with your discarded junk, unwanteds and unmentionables, and then not drive a few miles from home to dispose of it all in a responsible manner at the Eco Depot?

Most of your items probably wouldn’t have cost you anything to dispose of anyway, and the rest would have been far less than the cost of the fuel you burned hunting out a secluded side road, ditch or vacant lot where you could dump the mess without anyone seeing who did it? You might have covered the cost by taking your recyclable containers in for a refund instead of dumping them in the bush. Is their a challenge of some kind for those who dump illegally, or is it the rush of adrenaline you get for being a complete jerk!

Illegal dumping has always been a problem in rural communities, but unfortunately it is getting worse.

Is it a ‘get back to Nature’ draw that twists the minds of ‘dumpers’ to thinking this means give your garbage back to Nature as well? Or is an illegal dumper somewhat masochistic when it comes to the possibility of being seen, identified and fined?

Thank goodness for all those good folks in our communities who do care about where we live and play, and who always treat Mother Nature with the respect and dignity she deserves.

We must also say thank you to the caring volunteers who continue to step up and remove the mess that illegal dumping leaves behind or we would be in a sorry state for sure. Every one of these responsible folks deserve our thanks and appreciation. They are not only removing the visual effect of illegal dumping, but are also protecting our forests, waterways and wildlife from the side effects and toxicity that can result from disgusting stewardship of our Earth.

Most recently, a Facebook posting from a local resident, said he had come across a new dump site in the Barriere area and was going to go back and clean it up. Immediately a number of other willing volunteers joined in the conversation and within a day or two the site was completely cleaned due to amazing people who take pride in where they live.

Nobody made them, and nobody paid them – but each one of these volunteers have earned a special ‘thank you’ from this community.

Of special interest, is that after the site had been cleaned, it was reported 60 per cent of the items illegally dumped had been accepted for disposal at no cost when the volunteers took them to the Louis Creek Eco Depot; the balance of the garbage cost $5.40.

Not much is free in life these days, but I bet most folks would be more than willing to cough up less than six bucks to be able to retain their personal dignity and respect within a community.



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