Dumping on dumpers might clean up backroads

A Campbell River woman wants to dump on the dumpers — and get them some well-deserved notoriety.

A Campbell River woman wants to dump on the dumpers — and get them some well-deserved notoriety.

Kathleen Sharpe, tired of people using the outdoors as a dumping ground, has created a Facebook page dubbed Shame the Logging Road Dumpers. The goal is to let people know she and other group members are seeing the litter.

They hope the website garners the ‘dumpers’ the publicity needed to make them stop littering roads.

“It’s everybody’s backyard,” Sharpe said. “This doesn’t stop with one little thing…The next thing you know it’s a fridge and a couch and it just becomes more and more.”

She started the site to bring attention to what’s going on in the backroads in and around mid-Island communities. The Comox Valley is no exception.

“There are definitely sites in the Comox Valley where people dump,” said Sharpe, who is concerned the situation will worsen when the Campbell River landfill reaches capacity.

“I’m out there all the time,” Sharpe said. “What gets me is a lot of it is free to dump, but they still seem to think that it’s cheaper to drive their $45,000 diesel truck down a bad logging road and dump it, and incur a $10,000 fine inside B.C. Parks.”

She has informed people they are dumping inside park boundaries. When Sharpe threatens to snap a photo, they’re gone in a second.

Dumping yard waste at a site in Campbell River is free, while electronics can be dropped at recycling centres, she notes.

“There’s no reason to drop a TV on the side of the road when it’s fully recyclable,” Sharpe said. “There’s not much that has to go to the dump.

“I understand that some people don’t want to pay those fees but when you think about what they’re doing to our backyard, that bothers me.”

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