Letters to the Editor

'Bad people' who dump construction waste cost taxpayers plenty

Editor: I agree with letter writer Heidi Cook  (The Times, May 22) about “bad people” dumping garbage .

One year ago, while walking our dog, I witnessed two men dumping building materials from a pickup truck. When I confronted them, I was informed it was their property, to be developed in the future.

The product they were dumping included hazardous material, such as gyproc board and a five-gallon pail labelled “hazardous,” as well as adhesives, metal, aluminum, lumber and partial tubes of silicone.

I watched as they returned to a nearby housing development, to load the truck with more material to dump.

I recorded the licence number of the truck, and the cellphone number of one individual involved. I delivered the photos and a letter outlining the proceedings to Councillor David Davis at his farm.

He visited the site in question, and was very concerned. He presented my letter and photos to council, and then arranged to meet me and the bylaw officer at the site.

After seeing this mess, recognizing it was on Langley Township property  (a road allowance), and knowing I could identify the person responsible, if charges were laid, the Township bylaw department chose not to take action. I understand it was related to the fact that the development was being done by a numbered company.

Here is the result of the inability to enforce our bylaws.

Several days later, two Township employees arrived with a large dump truck and a front end loader to clean up this mess. They worked like beavers to get the work done, and this is much appreciated by all the neighbours.

There were two employees with a dump truck and a front end loader. They spent three and one-half hours at the site. I estimate this cost $800. A dump truck driver took the material to the transfer station to be correctly disposed of. This cost at least $200.

This is a total of at least $1,000, which is a very small amount in the overall Township budget. But it is a cost to taxpayers.

It is time we put some teeth in bylaws such as this, and enforce them to the fullest. If not, let’s just delete the bylaw from the books.

W. Christiansen,

Langley

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