Letters: Illegal dumping is ignorant

Sooke student is disgusted with the way garbage is dumped in rural areas

I am writing to you due to the illegal dumping happening in Sooke. The amount of dumping that is happening at the moment is getting out of hand.

We live in a beautiful town with incredible landscape and we should take care of it. Coming from someone who loves the outdoors and nature it saddens me to see old mattresses, trailers, and construction scraps on the side of the road.

I am in the environmental studies program at Edward Milne. My class has been involved in the clean-up of two illegal dumping sites of Muir Creek and Butler Main however, I am frustrated as our efforts do not seem to be enough considering the many other ugly dumping sites.

People need to be more aware of the effect of dumping in the environment. Pollutants can run into nearby creeks, affecting water habitat, animals can become accustomed to garbage as a second food.

If people are more cautious to where they leave their garbage we could minimize the amount of dumping happening in our town. We want to keep our town looking beautiful for many more generations to come.

Kayla Harvey

Sooke

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