The County of Grande Prairie and Aquatera are working together to try and stop illegal dumping in the region. Reeve Leanne Beaupre says they’ve approached the utility corporation proposing a day a month in the summer when there would be no tipping fee. The hope is to encourage people to choose the landfill instead of leaving their junk in areas like the Dunes.
“Sometimes it’s at the end of the month and people are leaving and they can’t get to the landfill because it’s closed for whatever reason so they just take it and dump it; university students that are coming home or leaving going home and they can’t find a place to dump it either; construction material, all that kind of stuff.”
She adds that when volunteers go pick all that stuff, Aquatera is opening its door to them anyways. For one day only on September 20th, Aquatera is trying out letting residents bring their household waste to the transfer station for free.
From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. everything from drywall and old mattresses to scrap metal and unwanted appliances can be brought by without cost. If successful, there’s a possibility another day could happen in the future.