Volunteers load trash from the Vedder River into pickup trucks on Sunday. Submitted photo

B.C. river cleanup crew finds bag of discarded sex toys

Chilliwack volunteers stumble on unexpected find while removing 600 lbs of trash from riverway

A pop-up cleanup along a Chilliwack river edge netted much of the usual trash, and some not-so-commonly found items.

Among the food garbage, plastics and discarded camping items, a group cleaning up the Vedder River stumbled upon a bag of discarded, dirty and unwrapped sex toys.

It was probably the most surprising find for the group, which formed on Facebook over the last month by organizer Nita Vallillee.

“This was an event created by myself as my family and I discovered all that mess about a month ago,” Vallillee said. “We had to wait for the snow to melt to be effective in our clean up effort.”

That was about one month ago, and dozens off people showed up for the cleaning event held Sunday, March 24. The ad-hoc group consisted of families, four-wheel drivers, kayakers, hikers, and others just wanting to keep the rivers clean. Because this event is a non-sponsored one, volunteers had to bring all their supplies to the site, to the 46100 block of Chilliwack Lake Road.

There were areas that they couldn’t clean up, Vallillee says, because they were still being used.

“There were two very large active sites that I have had some aggressive verbal contact with, so we avoided them,” she said. “It was brought to my attention that one of the camps was cooking meth, too. Yikes.”

The camps that were still occupied were the ones that had the most trash, she added.

RELATED STORY: Several tonnes of garbage hauled in during Fraser River Cleanup in Chilliwack

In total, they cleaned up about 600 lbs of trash, including shopping carts, tires, propane tanks, lawn chairs, burnt clothing, food waste, hundreds of needles which were mostly uncapped, assorted plastic items, a kids bike stroller, burned tent frames and old tent poles, sheet metal, and the curious bag of sex toys.

“I am very satisfied with the results and plan on having Griffin evict the other camps to do a proper clean up,” she said. And she’s not done with her efforts. Vallillee has a few other areas in her sites for future pop-up cleanups. This clean up was in addition to the annual one held by the Chilliwack Vedder Cleanup Society. That event takes place on April 13.


@CHWKcommunity
jpeters@theprogress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Just Posted

Chemainus Inn experiences a direct hit from Theatre shutdown

Occupancy down 80 per cent in large part to cancelled bookings

3 people found violating court imposed curfews in Cowichan

People are placed on curfews for a variety of public safety reasons.

Starting a Riot experience back at the brewery again

Lounge reopening and potential for patio extension has owners enthusiastic

No lifeguards this summer for Cowichan’s Fuller Lake, Arbutus Park; Crofton pool closed

Fears of risk to health and safety during COVID-19 pandemic to blame

Elementary schools return with 40 per cent class attendance

RCMP issue 39 warnings in school zones around the region

22 new COVID-19 test-positives, one death following days of low case counts in B.C.

Health officials urged British Columbians to ‘stand together while staying apart’

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

Federal aid for care home systems needed ahead of second wave, advocates say

Ontario Long Term Care Association calling for more action

B.C. woman, 26, fatally shot by police in Edmundston, N.B.

Police were conducting a well-being check at the time of the incident

Horgan calls for national anti-racism program; will pitch idea to PM, premiers

Premier John Horgan said he’s horrified by the death of George Floyd in the United States

Chilliwack dad rescues two young daughters after truck plunges into lake

“I used every single one of my angels that day,” said Dennis Saulnier

VIDEO: Internal investigation into aggressive arrest by Kelowna Mountie

A video allegedly shows a Kelowna Mountie striking a man several times

Gold River ready to welcome visitors and restart local businesses

In contrast to single-industry remote communities, Gold River’s diversified economy might help it better survive after reopening

John Horgan says COVID-19 restrictions won’t be eased regionally

B.C. Liberals urge ‘tailored’ response based on infections

Most Read