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Posted: May 6, 2022

Household hazardous waste depot closed after vandalism

The Household Hazardous Waste Depot at the Cranbrook Transfer Station is closed until further notice following a break-in and vandalism Wednesday night.

“Vandals cut through the fence, stole items from the site, kicked in the doors on the Hazardous Waste Depot and caused extensive damage in side the building,” explained Environmental Services Manager Kevin Paterson. “While the rest of the Transfer Station remains open, we have had to close the Hazardous Waste Depot until clean up and repairs are complete and new doors can be installed.”

The Transfer Station has been repeatedly targeted in recent months; however, Paterson says the break-in of the Hazardous Waste Depot is particularly concerning from a safety perspective.

“There are all kinds of different toxic products stored within that small facility and it is not only reckless but dangerous for thieves to break in and smash the containers,” added Paterson.

The Transfer Station wasn’t the only Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) facility targeted. Thieves also broke into the Central Subregion Landfill overnight and RDEK Staff are on site with RCMP this morning to determine the extent of the theft.

While it is still too early to determine when the Hazardous Waste Depot will reopen, the RDEK is working to complete the repairs as quickly as possible to restore full access to the public.

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