The City of Nanaimo said it took maintenance crews hours to clean up nearly three-and-a-half tonnes of garbage that was illegally dumped on Shenton Road over the weekend.
Crews were called in Sunday after a passerby notified the city at around 6:30 a.m. about household garbage that had been dumped in the 3700 block of Shenton Road. According to the city, a total of 3,400 kilograms of waste had been left on the side of the road.
Photos of the garbage from the city show bags split open and other trash scattered around the pile.
Dave LeBerge, the city’s manager of community safety, said crews spent hours cleaning up the mess with trucks and a front-end loader.
“It appeared that the debris had been compacted as if it had been transported in a commercial garbage truck. This incident not only polluted the neighbourhood but also posed a risk to blocking stormwater drainage and sewer systems. Anyone with information is asked to contact police or bylaw services,” LeBerge said in a release.
The city is asking anyone with information on the illegal dumping to call the City of Nanaimo at 250-755-4422 or Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. Anyone who wishes to remain anonymous can submit a tip through Crime Stoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com or at 1-800-222-8477.