A landfill compactor and loader were among the things torched last week in what the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has identified as arson at the West Boundary Landfill in Greenwood.
According to a press release issued last week, the incident took place in the evening of July 3 when “one or more” people broke into the landfill and lit three wood piles, a compactor and a loader on fire.
The Greenwood Volunteer Fire Department responded to find the compactor “fully engulfed and severely damaged,” according to the RDKB, while the wood piles were allowed to burn down. RCMP are involved.
“The fire could have spread to adjacent properties and the cost of repairing or replacing damaged equipment, while not yet known, will be significant,” the RDKB notes in its press release.
According to the KnowWaste RDKB Facebook page, this is not the first time a fire has been deliberately set at the landfill, nor the first time it has been otherwise vandalized.
Staff thank the Greenwood Volunteer Fire Department for their quick response, as “the resulting damage to the landfill and equipment could have been much worse.”
The landfill is currently open regular hours. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Midway RCMP at 250-449-2244.