The metal bin drop-off by Saseenos Elementary on Monday. The pile has since been cleaned up.

UPDATED: Scrap metal pile gets cleaned up

A metal scrap pile in front of Saseenos Elementary has been cleaned up after a quick effort by the Sooke community.

A metal scrap pile in front of Saseenos Elementary has been cleaned up after a quick effort by the Sooke community.

Since the Saseenos Parents Advisory Committee organized the metal scrap bin in front of the school, people have dropped off hundreds of items, from lawn mowers, to fridges, to washing machines, bicycles and old TVs.

Given the local generosity, the pile grew bigger, and bigger, especially during the weekend after it reached for the sky and started overflowing around the metal bin.

It wasn’t until Monday, when the District of Sooke, along with the Sooke School District and owners of the metal bin, Mallahat Scrap Metal, worked together to tidy everything.

“It’s a positive outcome for the town, and it’s nice to see we can work together to get this cleaned up,” said Coun. Rick Kasper, who added there has been several trucks in the last 24 hours picking up full containers and dropping off empty ones in regular rotation.

Getting the pile removed was tricky though, as no one had the intention of disrupting the fundraising efforts, noted District of Sooke chief administrative officer Teresa Sullivan, adding that the district needs to be mindful on how it handles the situation.

“We have to be sensitive here because it is a fundraiser for schools and we don’t want to discourage that, but at the same time, this is the entrance to our beautiful little town, and it doesn’t bode well,” she said.

Sullivan hopes that, going forward, the district will work with the PAC to find a more suitable location for the bin so such a pile doesn’t happen again.

At the end of the day, the fundraiser’s intention was positive, with a successful outcome, noted Sooke School District Board chair Bob Phillips.

“They’re parents, they really care about their kids, the traditional stuff used to be hot dogs, but now it seems to be metal,” he said.

The resulting cleanup did shut down the fundraiser, said Saseenos PAC president Tara Kenmare, adding that the Sooke School District pulled their permits to use the school parking lot.

“We’re such a hardworking PAC and we’ve had people there just about every day cleaning the parking lot,” Kenmare said, adding that the PAC group had no choice but to clean it up right away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

Council re-tenders Murray Road staircase project

Project could be delayed months

Langford loses bid to host Amazon HQ2

Mayor hopes to attract more tech jobs to city

Whooping cough detected in Claremont student

15 Greater Victoria schools have been informed of a student with pertussis since September

Woodwynn Farms to be shut down and sold

The rehabilitation program at Woodwynn Farms is being shut down. According to… Continue reading

Victoria police warn against Canada Revenue scam as tax season nears

Fraudsters have elicited $25,000 in 2018 alone in telephone racket

WATCH: Giant waves smash Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Point

Folks made their way to Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Point Lighthouse on Thursday, Jan.… Continue reading

Opinion: Dare to be smarter

Just say no works for more than just substance abuse

‘Sing Me a Song’ about B.C. for a chance at $1,000 contest prize

Entries due by March 30 for lieutenant-governor’s British Columbia-themed competition

Facing reality of death, B.C. man learns real meaning of life

Even while preparing for the end, something inside Keven Drews won’t let him stop living

Former B.C. fire chief gets seven months for possession of child porn

The 63-year-old pleaded guilty during a brief hearing last year to one count

B.C. VIEWS: Public school ‘crisis’ doesn’t exist

More teachers pour in, union wants results suppressed

Late charge in Portland sees Victoria collect third straight WHL win

Matthew Phillips leads the way with three-point night in 4-2 win, Giants up next

UPDATE: Hold-and-secure lifted after Nanaimo RCMP locate student who threatened self-harm

Eight schools were under hold-and-secure orders after possible threat Thursday, Jan. 18

Suspected Toronto serial killer targeting gay community arrested

A 66-year-old man is charged with first-degree murder in disappearance of two Toronto men

Most Read