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Truro man hopes to clean up the community

Josh Tree has come across a few illegal dump sites in Colchester County. He hopes people will join him in cleaning up some of those spots.
Josh Tree has come across a few illegal dump sites in Colchester County. He hopes people will join him in cleaning up some of those spots. - Contributed
TRURO, N.S. —

Josh Tree has a plan, now all he needs is some helping hands.

He’s organized ‘The shiny new ditch event’ to get some of the trash dumped around Colchester County cleaned up.

“I’ve always loved getting out and enjoying nature but finding illegal dump sites really spoils things,” he said. “A friend and I were talking, and we decided to try and put something together to clean up at least one of these sites.”

He’s asking people to join him on Oct. 12, at 10 a.m., to clean up a site in the Greenfield area.

“It’s on privately owned property but the owner had nothing to do with it,” said Tree. “He’s older and he can’t move it. There are construction materials and garbage.”

The county is providing a dumpster and will haul everything away.

“It’s nice to partner with people and communities to improve things,” said JP Wood, waste management officer for the Municipality of Colchester County. “These sites are more prevalent than people might think. Part of my job is dealing with waste management complaints and I hear a lot about garbage where it shouldn’t be. Sometimes it’s seen as the easy way out.”

He has concerns about the effects on the environment and on health.

“If you go down a side road and there’s a river bank, there’s likely garbage. The impacts may not be immediate, but they take their toll over time.”

Wood can issue a fine if he discovers who dumped the materials.

Tree plans to separate and recyclable materials from the waste during the clean-up.

“I want to show kids, like my six-year-old daughter, that it’s not okay to dump garbage,” he said. “I want to set a good example.”

He encourages people who can’t join him to clean up an area near their home.

Anyone with questions can message Tree and the other organizers through ‘The shiny new ditch event’ Facebook page

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