Volunteers will be dragging garbage and abandoned vehicles out of the Dunes Recreational Area this Saturday.
Public Affairs Officers with Alberta Environment and Parks Kimberly Vannieuvenhuyse says last year during the clean-up, they pulled out 40,000 lbs of garbage along with four abandoned vehicles. She says they clear out a similar amount of trash every year.
“There are a lot of vehicles that have been found – abandoned vehicles and burned-out vehicles. In 2008, we actually pulled out 60 abandoned vehicles. This year, we have about 15 marked that will be pulled out during clean-up.”
She says the biggest worry is animals in the area getting killed or injured if they ingest waste. In the past, they have found items dumped in the area like refrigerators, stoves, and infant play pens as well other large appliances.
“Of course, it is not attractive, it is an eye sore. You trying to get out and enjoy some nature with garbage around you, it is an eye sore in that regard. It impacts peoples’ enjoyment.”
She warns that those caught dropping trash on public land can end up with a ticket of up to $100,000 or sent to remediate the land.
People who want to volunteer can contact Chris Yaremchuk at 780-538-5260.