Illegal Dumping—Bad for Tax Payers & the Environment

Illegal Dumping - Bad for Tax Payers and the Environment

When people leave waste, including recyclables, outside of bins or at a facility gate outside of operating hours it is a concern for the RDCK.

Garbage attracts garbage – It may be just one small bag of recyclables that you are leaving but it invites others to do the same. This means more RDCK resources are allocated to clean-up efforts and away from other services.

Ecological welfare – Our furry and feathered friends smell that bag of recyclables, or worse yet garbage, and may ingest it or spread it throughout the ecosystem. Garbage accessible to wildlife habituates them and can lead to human-wildlife conflict. Many bears for example, are destroyed because of this each year in British Columbia.

We recognize the public’s efforts to do the right thing by collecting, separating and transporting materials to our facilities. When materials are left at the gate, an action that may seem benign, it is problematic. 

The Grohman Narrows Transfer Station and the Lakeside Drive Recycling Depot are both open Monday-Saturday from  8:30 a.m. to 4:00 pm. There is video surveillance on site to support proper use of the facility.

We live in a spectacular place. It is important that we all work together to keep our community and environment healthy.

Please contact the RDCK if you witness illegal dumping at one of our sites at 250-352-6665. 

If you witness illegal dumping elsewhere call the RAPP (Report all Poachers and Polluters) line at 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP).

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 For further information, please contact:

Brittny Anderson Environmental Services Coordinator 250-352-8161

The content on this page was last updated November 13 2014 at 3:03 PM