The Safety of our workers, contractors and the public during the COVID-19 pandemic is our primary concern. Therefore response to illegal dumpsites may be delayed at this time.
We ask that you continue to report any illegal dump sites you come across to us at the Regional District or within local municipalities. We will continue to track all of the locations, and respond to the reported sites if it is safe to do so.
Illegal dumping takes many forms including dumping yard waste in a near by ditch, abandoning a vehicle, bush party or camping leftovers or dumping household or construction waste in the forest. In every case, something is being placed where it doesn’t belong. Fines for illegal dumping are outlined in the Consolidated Municipal Ticket and Information Bylaw. They range from $100 under the Solid Waste Management Regulation Bylaw, up to $2,000 under the Offence Act.
How to Report Illegal Dumping
On Crown Lands or RDCO Electoral Areas
Within Your Municipality or on Private Property
Negative Effects of Illegal Dumping
- Environmental damage – Illegal dumping of hazardous wastes contaminates soil and water
- Increased health risks – Abandoned and decaying garbage attracts animals, often disease carrying ones
- Encourages more dumping – Even small amounts of dumped garbage begets more garbage.
- Increases fire risks – Dumped yard waste, broken glass and other wastes increase risk of forest fires
- Increased costs – Addressing abandoned garbage costs money and resources, which is passed onto taxpayers