Illegal dumping is the deliberate disposal of waste materials onto public or private land where no license or approval exists to accept such waste. This includes dumping waste at Regional District facilities outside of operational hours or bins provided.
Environmental Damage - Dumped materials can harm the local environment through damaging vegetation and leaching of hazardous materials into the soil and waterways.
Hazards and Risks - Dumped waste can be dangerous to people and wildlife, particularly when it includes sharp objects, glass, asbestos and other hazardous materials.
Decreasing Property and Community Value - Dump sites attract more illegal dumping and other criminal activities. These areas become unattractive to the local community and property investors.
Rising Costs - Continuous clearing of illegally dumped waste creates significant costs and my lead to increased taxes and tipping fees
Appropriately dispose of extra garbage, yard waste, household hazardous waste and recyclables. If you are unsure of what can be dropped off call the Regional District at 250-960-4400 or 1-800-667-1959
By ensuring that you know about these services and use them correctly, you are helping to protect our community and environment from the problems caused by illegally dumped waste.
If you discover an illegal dumping site or witness illegal dumping in the act, please contact the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy’s Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) hotline:
The Regional District provides support for illegal dumping clean up events by waiving tipping fees at the Foothills Boulevard Regional Landfill.
Community groups can contact the Regional District at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain an application form for their clean up event. Once the application is approved a waiver will be given to the group waiving the tipping fees.