The scenery along White Rock's West Beach was marred last week by the discovery of dozens of bags of garbage littering the BNSF right-of-way.

The scenery along White Rock's West Beach was marred last week by the discovery of dozens of bags of garbage littering the BNSF right-of-way.

Garbage dumped by White Rock tracks

White Rock officials said cleanup of the mess was to be tackled last week by BNSF and city staff.

A pile of garbage dumped on the BNSF right-of-way will be jointly cleaned up by the railway owner and the City of White Rock.

The litter, reported to Peace Arch News last week, was discovered by South Surrey resident Ellen Baragon near the 123-mile marker on Nov. 3, during a morning walk along West Beach.

It’s “quite a large pile,” she said.

“I was looking at the garbage bags to see if maybe it was some kind of (shoreline) cleanup thing… but there was wood in there and weird things.

“I just think it shouldn’t be sitting there… the birds are going to get into it and spread it around.”

Shannon Levesque, the city’s communications officer, told PAN last week that the mess would be cleaned up within days.

She was not aware of any other similar reports in recent months, but said anyone who does make such discoveries may report them to the city’s operations department, at 604-541-2181.

 

Peace Arch News