Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) staff members have had to deal with the bodies of three dead animals dumped, contrary to regulations, over the last two months at the South Coast green waste drop-off depot on Henry Road in Gibsons.
The most recent case occurred Sunday, Jan. 10, “when an alert community member who was dropping off garden waste noticed animal remains and notified staff of the issue,” the SCRD said in a Jan. 15 news release.
“Animal remains, domestic or wild, should never be included as green waste. A list of items accepted as part of the green waste recycling program can be found … on the SCRD’s website,” the release said.
An SCRD spokesman told Coast Reporter that he did not know what species of animals had been left there but that in at least one case, the B.C. Conservation Officer Service had been contacted. That suggests the animal involved was wild.
Acceptable items at the drop-off, which is intended for domestic and not commercial use, include garden waste, such as trimmings, clippings and plants, excluding Scotch broom and Japanese knotweed. No food waste or garbage is allowed, nor are dead animals, the SCRD website notes.