Enforcement of illegal dumping lacking

Individuals responsible for trash should face charges

Re: Trash troubles plague area (June 13)

Congratulations to the Flexhaug family regarding their attempts to keep the Silver Skagit portion of our beautiful watershed free of garbage. Mr. Flexhaug should be made a CEO of our Ministry of Environment.

I would hope that the first thing he would do would be to fire all present day conservation officers who have never laid a charge for this type of illegal dumping. It was my experience, when I was a conservation officer, that people responsible for illegal dumping could usually be identified by the items left in the trash, i.e. envelopes with names and addresses. I would then contact these people via registered letter, giving them 10 days to clean up the mess or face charges. This was remarkably effective.

It would be interesting to know how many charges pertaining to illegal dumping have been laid by enforcement officers in  recent years.

Enforcement is seriously lacking. I suspect this is the case in both our federal and provincial governments.

Jack DeLair

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