Volunteers clean up 5.6 tonnes of garbage on Doumont Trails

By Aaron Schulze
April 30, 2018 - 5:37pm Updated: April 30, 2018 - 9:18pm

An excavator drops a load of trash into a disposal bin at a clean-up of Doumont Trails on Sunday.TimberWest

NANAIMO — More than 80 volunteers did literally tonnes of work cleaning up garbage in one of Nanaimo's most popular mountain biking areas. 5.6 tonnes to be exact.
 
The Regional District of Nanaimo, TimberWest, and the Nanaimo Mountain Bike Club (NMBC) held a clean-up at Doumont Trails on Sunday April 29, where 5,360 kilograms (5.6 tonnes) of illegally dumped garbage was trucked away.
 
TimberWest's Monica Bailey told NanaimoNewsNOW some of the items found were a car door, a fryer basket, a fridge and freezer filled with rotten food and diapers.

She described the amount of trash pulled from the area as "huge."
 
The groups and volunteers focused on 3 kilometres of the main Doumont Rd., as it's what TimberWest calls the main access point for people to dump.
 
"Getting to the dump is not a challenge," Bailey said. "We strongly urge everyone to go and get in touch with the RDN and find out how to remove their own waste (while) respecting the laws."
 
TimberWest said it plans to host more clean-ups with the RDN and NMBC and hopes they'll discourage dumpers and teach them how to get rid of their trash properly.

 

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