Nova Scotia’s municipality of Lunenburg is cleaning up at least 43 illegal dump sites.
Lunenburg’s public outreach manager, Sally Steele, said they’ve come across everything from construction and demolition waste to old washing machines and paint cans.
“It’s a mix,” Steele says. “Some is coming from industry, some from farmers, and also regular household waste.”
The municipality, located about 100 km southwest of Halifax, identified six of the sites as high priority because of their proximity to water. Although volunteers are fielding calls, clean-up is restricted to professionals because of the health hazards of illegal dumping, which Steele calls an “ongoing issue.”
Bob Kenney, a spokesperson for Nova Scotia Environment, said fines for illegal dumping in the province range from $450 to $750, but can go higher for businesses.
He said most illegal dumping happens because people want to save money on disposal fees or can’t be bothered to drop off their debris.
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