People continue to use Campbell River’s backroads as dumping grounds.

Epidemic of trash dumping on Campbell River’s backroads

Dumping continues despite obvious signs and postings, which warn of Campbell River’s Environmental Bylaw

The issue of illegal dumping is piling up on Campbell River’s back roads and it’s only getting worse.

It’s becoming common along the logging roads surrounding Campbell River to find waste, such as food products, useless appliances, and animal carcasses tossed aside near entrances and forks in the road.

Not only is it unpleasant to look at, it’s also an environmental issue, as toxic products can poison local wildlife, rivers and lakes, and discarded game can attract larger animals, such as bears and possibly cougars, to waste sites and other populated areas.

Dumping continues despite obvious signs and postings, which warn of Campbell River’s Environmental Bylaw (Bylaw No. 3551) which states a possible fine of $10,000 to those who threaten Campbell River’s environment.

A significant difference than the fee that is issued at Campbell River’s official waste disposal.

Volunteer groups, such as the Island Forest Stewards, have gone out of their way to help clean up the mess, and other locals have helped by tidying up whenever they can.

Cam Lougheed, a local who frequents the back roads, describes the dumping as “epidemic.”

“It’s not just household garbage, it’s also construction waste,” Lougheed says.

“These are possibly people that are making money, and not disposing of the waste properly like they tell their customers.”

Lougheed encourages those who do find personal information within the waste to report it to the proper authorities.

“It’s an eyesore. It’s dangerous,” he says. “I just don’t get it.”

There are several popular dumping sites within the forests that surround Campbell River, with each site containing an estimated two tons of garbage.

These spots include John Hart Lake (one of Campbell River’s water reservoirs), the roads surrounding Campbell River’s Motocross track, and Duncan Bay Main, which is estimated to have an estimated 10 tons of garbage.

Campbell River’s Waste Management Centre can be found on Argonaut Road off the Gold River Highway, and information on how to help reduce the illegal waste on the back roads can be found on the Island Forest Stewards Facebook page.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Music education remains important, especially during pandemic

‘Music really does lift people up in times of trial,’ says Sandowne music teacher

Local liquor store raising funds for food bank

On May 30, a portion of sales at JAK’s Beer Wine & Spirits will be donated to the food bank

A second wave of COVID-19 is probable, if history tells us anything

B.C.’s top doctor says that what health officials have learned this round will guide response in future

City of Campbell River re-opening most park amenities and outdoor washrooms

Splash park, playgrounds, sports fields, outdoor volleyball courts, indoor facilities not yet

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

Mirror business directory and map

If you’d like to be added to the list, shoot us an email

Island Health signs working agreement to turn former Comox hospital into a ‘dementia village’

Island Health has signed a project development agreement with Providence Living to… Continue reading

Kelowna man charged with harming a hamster

The 20-year-old Kelowna man faces several animal cruelty charges

High tech fish transport system set up to ‘whoosh’ salmon past Big Bar landslide

Fish will spend roughly 20 seconds inside the system, moving at roughly 20 metres per second

Trudeau to seek 10 days of paid sick leave for Canadian workers, says talks are ongoing

Paid sick leave is key to keeping COVID-19 spread under control, prime minister says

Snowbirds jets will not be leaving Kamloops, just yet

The Snowbirds have been in Kamloops since May 17 when a plane crashed killing Capt. Jennifer Casey

COVID-19 checkpoints ‘up to them,’ Bonnie Henry says of remote B.C. villages

Support local tourism economy, but only if you’re invited in

Most Read