British Columbia

Sooke RCMP investigating illegal asbestos dumping on Beecher Bay First Nations land

RCMP in Sooke, B.C., are investigating the illegal dumping of asbestos waste on the Beecher Bay First Nations land on Vancouver Island.

Up to 55 bags of asbestos-laden linoleum have been dumped in the past two months

Sooke RCMP first received a call about 30 to 50 bags of illegal waste on Oct. 30. (Sooke RCMP)

RCMP in Sooke, B.C., are investigating the illegal dumping of what they say appears to be asbestos waste on Beecher Bay First Nations land on Vancouver Island. 

"It's hazardous waste, it's very expensive to get rid of it properly," said Staff Sgt. Jeff McArthur. 

"Clearly someone is trying to save money and discard this at the roadside, endangering the environment and the public." 

RCMP say the waste was dumped on two separate occasions — once on Oct. 30, and again on Nov. 26 — totaling up to 55 large garbage bags.

"Clearly the bags of asbestos were professionally removed and sent for disposal," said McArthur in a written release. 

Does this linoleum look familiar? If it does, Sooke RCMP want to speak to you. (Sooke RCMP)

Police have released images of some of the waste, hoping someone will recognize the unique pattern of the linoleum and provide information that could lead to an arrest.

They also have analyzed the bags and their contents. 

"We have picked some things out that we think are kind of distinctive and may tell us where the waste has come from," McArthur said. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sooke RCMP at 250-642-5241 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477. 

With files from Megan Thomas