Coronavirus: Growing concern over increase in curbside garbage, Okanagan landfill activity
The Campbell Mountain landfill near Penticton is a hive of activity.
A national stay-at-home order to curtail the spread of COVID-19 HAS prompted some to utilize their spare time to catch up on household cleaning.
But regional district officials are concerned too many people are making the trek to the landfill, potentially jeopardizing social distancing guidelines and putting staff at-risk.
WildSafe BC coordinator Zoe Kirk says it’s not just the influx of waste at the dump that has them worried.
With people now bulk buying, along with an increase in single-use containers at food outlets, the end result means more curbside garbage.
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“Our concern is that people are going to have an extraordinary amount of more garbage going out to the curb,” said Kirk, “and they may be following some unsafe practices.”
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