An Oct. 17 clean up of the Jones Lake area, complete with a roll-off truck and many four wheel drive enthusiasts volunteering. (Facebook/Hailey McWilliam photo)

An Oct. 17 clean up of the Jones Lake area, complete with a roll-off truck and many four wheel drive enthusiasts volunteering. (Facebook/Hailey McWilliam photo)

1,700 pounds of garbage removed from Jones Lake

This was the second clean up in the area this year

A group conducting a clean up of Jones Lake Oct. 17 carted away nearly 2,000 pounds of garbage.

The Four Wheel Drive Association of BC said they removed 1,764 pounds of garbage and 353 pounds of metal from the popular camping spot. The group still has work to do, an organizer said, to remove several abandoned vehicles in the area.

This was the second clean up of the area this year, the first resulted in the carting away of 6,000 pounds of garbage.

One of the organizers of the clean up Ross Aikenhead said the area has become a popular spot for so-called ‘weekend warriors’ who leave behind everything from food to air mattresses to tents and wet wipes. The wet wipes are a particularly disturbing trend, he added.

“People are not using toilet paper anymore, they’re using wet wipes and wet wipes last well over 100 years. So the person that used that wet wipe will be dead and gone long before the wet wipe disappears,” Aikenhead said.

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