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20,000 lbs of metal hauled away from West Kelowna's Bull Mountain

Image Credit: FACEBOOK/Don Journeay
July 03, 2020 - 7:00 AM

With the amount of discarded metal and burned-out cars becoming an eyesore on Bull Mountain, the owner of West Kelowna's adventure park decided to do something about it.

Don Journeay took over the former Crystal Mountain Resort four years ago and has been collecting the metal that people have illegally dumped ever since.

Every time he’s around Jackpine Road, he’s picking up metal that people have discarded.

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With the help of ABC Recycling and the Okanagan Forest Task Forest, a volunteer group that aims to rid the wilderness of illegally dumped trash, 20,080 pounds of metal was hauled off the mountain June 27.

“Personally if I see a mess out there I feel obligated to pick it up rather than just leave it out there,” Journeay said. “It’s an eyesore.”

While certain locations in the Central Okanagan have had an increase in illegal dumping, Journeay said people seem to be more respectful on the mountain than in years prior.

“Hopefully my pile will not grow again,” he said.

Back in May, the Okanagan Forest Task Force pulled a record-breaking 29,100 pounds of metal, found along Postill Lake Road.

A conservation officer has also said in previous interviews with iNFOnews that there’s been a spike in illegal dumping in the woods this year compared to other years.

READ MORE: Okanagan forest cleanup crew pulls 29,100 pounds of illegally dumped metal from the bush


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