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Illegal Dumping

Apart from destroying the natural beauty of our region, illegal dumping of garbage, old appliances, broken TVs, mattresses and other waste items, also threatens the health of humans, wildlife and the environment.

Where to Report - Illegal Dumping on Crown Lands  

Contact RAPP (Report All Poachers and Polluters), BC’s Conservation Officer 24hr toll-free Hotline 1-877-952-7277.  If the situation is not an emergency, complete and electronically submit the RAPP form on the BC RAPP website.

For more information on the RAPP program view BC RAPP website

If you have an iPhone, you can now report illegal dumping and other environmental related violations using the BCWILDLIFE FEDERATION Conservation App.  The app makes it easy for users to take geo-reference, time-stamped photos or videos. To download the free app, visit ITUNES on your iPhone and search “Conservation APP”.

For more information on the BCWILDLIFE FEDERATION Conservation App and violation types view their website.  

What to Record

  • Location (look for landmarks to best describe the location, and if on Crown Land or Private Land
  • Date and Time
  • Description of waste
  • Photo
  • Vehicle License (if witnessing the violation)

Not sure if the illegal dumpsite is located on Private or Crown Lands

Contact the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen

Phone: 250.492.0237  BC Toll Free: 1.877.610.3737 or E-mailinfo@rdos.bc.ca

Cleaning up illegal dumpsites

The Regional District encourages and supports community clean-ups where possible.

If you are interested in organizing a clean-up of an illegal dumpsite, contact the RDOS in advance to ensure proper procedures are followed by:

  • E-mailing the location and a photo to info@rdos.bc.ca; or 
  • Calling the RDOS Toll Free Illegal Dumping Hotline at 1-866-566-3867 and leaving a message with location and your contact information.

Why worry about illegal dumping?

Illegal dumpsites pose the following health, safety, environmental and economic threats:

  • Health and safety issues
    • Injury to children playing in or around dumpsites
    • Injury to individuals in or around dumpsites
    • Disease carried by animals and insects attracted by dumpsites
  • Negative impact on the natural environment
    • Contamination of streams, rivers and lakes
    • Contamination of soil and groundwater
    • Contamination of drinking water wells
    • Damage to plant and wildlife habitats
  • Increased risk of fire
    • Potential of discarded glass igniting fires
    • Increased fuel for fires
    • Illegal dump fires are difficult to extinguish
    • Illegal dump fires can release harmful fumes into the atmosphere
  • Decline in property values as a result of illegal dumping
  • Loss in economic benefits attained through tourism