Dealing with dumping

Alan Frank throws refuse into the back of a pickup truck during a Ministry of Environment cleanup on April 20, 2017. (Peter Lozinski/Daily Herald)

Employees of the Ministry of Environment teamed up Thursday to make Prince Albert green again.

About 40 people gathered at the Highway Two Southbound turnoff just north of the city before heading off into the woods on the north end of the city to clean up illegal dumping sites.

The annual cleanup effort is just one initiative people are taking part in to clean up the Nisbet Provincial Forest.

The forest runs through the Prince Albert area out to Duck Lake in the south and MacDowell in the north.

Thursday’s initiative was the Ministry of Environment’s contribution to Earth Day, which will be celebrated nationwide on April 22.

The other group that has been working to clean up the area is a collection of concerned citizens called Keep Prince Albert and Area Beautiful.

“We’ve cleaned up 34,000 kilograms of garbage in conjunction with this and with Keep Prince Albert and Area Beautiful,” said Stan Sutor, an environmental investigator and one of the members of the cleanup crew.

“(That’s) a huge amount of garbage.”

The ministry has identified about 80 dumping sites in the area. They estimate about 60 have been cleaned up. The sites contain everything from household garbage to larger appliances, mattresses and construction waste.

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