Michael Hoskins and Damian Johnson haul discarded fencing material to a waiting pickup during the May 12 cleanup off East Main near Port McNeill.

Michael Hoskins and Damian Johnson haul discarded fencing material to a waiting pickup during the May 12 cleanup off East Main near Port McNeill.

Crews net 30 tonnes of trash

Volunteer crews made a big dent in the amount of trash accumulated along the North Island's back roads

Volunteer crews representing a wide range of organizations and working from two communities recently made a big dent in the amound of trash accumulated along the North Island’s back roads.

Jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Forests, the Regional District of Mount Waddington, Western Forest Products, Strategic Forest Management and Fox’s Disposal, the cleanup delivered to Seven Mile Landfill nearly 30 tonnes of material gathered in a few hours of labour.

One crew gathered at the Ministry of Forests office in Port McNeill while another worked out of Quatse River campsite near Port Hardy.

Afterward, crews from both communities gathered for a barbecue at Quatse River.

“It continues to be heartening to see our office, local governments, licensees, forestry consultants, Fox Disposal, youth organizations and concerned citizens working together to mitigate this shameful practice,” said Scott Mitchell of Ministry of Forests. “I’d like to think that we are winning.”