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Conservation officers looking for help to identify illegal dumper

Trash found by the Conservation Officer Service along Postill Lake Road near Kelowna.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Conservation Officer Service
March 31, 2021 - 4:45 PM

The B.C. Conservation Officer Service is asking for the public’s help to locate a vehicle allegedly linked to illegal dumping in the Kelowna area.

Household items including electronics, a microwave, chairs, garbage and more were dumped in a rural area northeast of Kelowna over the weekend leading conservation officers to ask for tips from the public to help identify the suspect, according to a news release.

On March 27, a white Ford Ranger with a load of household garbage was captured on camera driving onto Postill Lake Forest Service Road at 11:24 a.m. Shortly after, at 12:10 p.m., the truck is seen leaving the same road with an empty cargo bed. The illegal dump site was located just past the 10 kilometre mark of the forest service road, near the access road to Moore Lake.

The Conservation Officer Service notes illegal dumping is a growing issue across B.C.

Conservation officers are hoping to identify this truck which was seen dumping trash in the bush along Postill Lake Road near Kelowna.
Conservation officers are hoping to identify this truck which was seen dumping trash in the bush along Postill Lake Road near Kelowna.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/BC Conservation Officer Service

In Kelowna, the Okanagan Forest Task Force, a community led organization, has cleaned up more than 300,000 pounds of trash from dump sites in the Central Okanagan since their formation in 2016.

Tips to conservation can be confidentially reported to the Report All Poachers and Polluters hotline at 1-877-952-7277.

Anyone depositing garbage, building materials, or other debris into the environment can face penalties under the Environmental Management Act. Fines can range from $575 to a maximum of $1 million and/or six months in jail.


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