Neighbourhood in despair over illegal trash dumping

I am writing to bring your attention to the waste that is being dumped along the Gregory (Utility) Road in Shawnigan Beach Estates.

Trash dumping has become a problem for a Shawnigan neighbourhood.

Trash dumping has become a problem for a Shawnigan neighbourhood.

I am writing to bring your attention to the waste that is being dumped along the Gregory (Utility) Road in Shawnigan Beach Estates.

I have called and emailed the CVRD (which has lease rights to the road) but nothing has been done in response to my concerns. This part of Gregory, a road that gives locals access to a few homes and numerous trails, is now covered in household waste. People are coming in trucks and using this utility road as a dumping ground for everything from unwanted suitcases overflowing with trash, to whole couches, and, as of this morning, various bins of household waste scattered everywhere.

Residents of this neighbourhood are in despair over this dumping situation. It is unhealthy, unsightly, and completely unnecessary. We would like two things to happen: for the CVRD to bring in a truck and haul out all this waste, and for people to stop treating this area as a dump for their unwanted materials.

It’s bad enough that toxic waste is threatening our Shawnigan Lake drinking water. Now we are dealing with waste being dumped on the fringes of our neighbourhoods. As a community, we want everyone to live peacefully in a safe and respectful environment.

I am sincerely hoping that by bringing the dumping issue to your attention, something will be done to clean up the roads and trails. The CVRD leases this road and CVRD trucks are seen regularly driving this road, so surely our tax dollars can be used towards a clean up.

Once that is in place, the next step will be to remind the public to use the recycling centres we have nearby for just that purpose. Nature is fragile. Neighbourhoods deserve respect.

 

R. Gilker

Shawnigan Lake

Cowichan Valley Citizen

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