Departments

Illegal Dumping

Apart from destroying the natural beauty of our region, illegal dumping also threatens the health of humans, wildlife and the environment.

To report an illegal dumpsite please e-mail info@rdos.bc.ca or call our Illegal Dumping Hotline at 1-866-566-3867 (1-866-5 NO DUMP). Please leave your contact information, a description of the waste at the site and directions to the site.

Tips on reporting an illegal dumpsite

The public plays a critical role in identifying and reporting illegal dumpsites and dumping incidents. To report illegal dumping, please call 1-866-566-3867 or e-mail info@rdos.bc.ca. You will be asked to leave a message regarding the location of the illegal dumpsite, what type of material is being dumped and the date that you saw the site. If you choose to leave your name and number, they will be held in confidence and will assist us in locating the site.

It is important to include as many details as possible if you are making a report regarding an illegal dumping situation.

Cleaning up illegal dumpsites

The Regional District encourages and supports community clean-ups where possible. The Regional District can supply bags, vehicles, support staff and waive all tipping fees at local landfills.

If you are interested in organizing a clean-up of an illegal dumpsite, please e-mail info@rdos.bc.ca, call our toll-free Illegal Dumping Hotline at 1-866-566-3867, and leave a message.

What is Illegal Dumping?

We all share the responsibility to dispose of our wastes legally and with respect for our neighbours. Unfortunately, some of us don't. From throwing out a hamburger wrapper on the highway to dumping large amounts of waste in the bush, illegal dumping is wrong and should be stopped.

The following is a list of different types of illegal dumping:

Littering

Throwing out waste on the ground or out a vehicle window.

Improper Disposal

Leaving waste in or near the wrong receptacle. ie: using the dumpster from a business.

Illegal Dumpsites

Any type of garbage being dumped at a site that is not a sanitary landfill. Often these sites occur on vacant lots or deserted parts of the backcountry. Illegal dumpsites are often created and used by individuals dumping their household garbage or even by businesses dumping loads of construction debris or junk. Apart from destroying the natural beauty of our region, illegal dumping also threatens the health of humans, wildlife and the environment.

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