Submitted. At 12:44 PM. On Thursday January 10, 2013, the Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service (AFRS) responded to a report that barrels had been dumped in a ditch on Dyke Road in the Glen Valley area of Abbotsford. On arrival, AFRS crews found that several barrels and other containers had been dumped along the road side. Some barrels had also been dumped into the ditch. It was apparent that this was drug lab waste.
APD and AFRS crews sealed off the area and alerted local residents. Fortunately this is a sparsely populated rural area and no one was at risk.
Most of the containers were sealed and did not pose a major threat to either the local residents or the environment. The event was quickly stabilized by AFRS fire crews.
The site was turned over to the city’s environmental contractor for cleanup and disposal.
The illegal disposal of drug lab waste is a serious issue. For every kilogram of product that is manufactured in a clandestine lab, approximately 7 kilograms of hazardous waste is created.
Citizens should not approach suspicious barrels or other containers that been dumped along a roadside. Call 9-1-1 immediately.
One AFRS engine and 6 firefighters responded to the incident. APD and Abbotsford Engineering were also on scene. B.C. Environment was notified. No one was injured.