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Facebook page taking aim at illegal garbage dumping

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The idea of publicly shaming people who illegally dump their garbage is catching on.

A Facebook page called “Stop Illegal Garbage Dumping – Vancouver Island” has attracted more than 1200 followers in five days.

It was started by Nanaimo resident Louise Gilfoy after she found a pile of trash near her home.

Gilfoy says some people are wondering whether private haulers may be responsible for some of the mess.

Now Gilfoy’s spreading the word about the risks associated with illegal dumping, including the potential for identify theft and the heavy toll on the environment.

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Gilfoy says people have been submitting photos of trash dumped along the Nanaimo Lakes Rd, near the Nanaimo River, and at the bottom of Little Mountain in Errington.

She says the goal of the Facebook page is to raise awareness about the severity of the issue, and maybe catch some of the offenders along the way. She’s also hoping to connect with groups interested in organizing some cleanups.

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