Solid Waste Management / Illegal Dumping


Illegal Dumping

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.

Why is Illegal Dumping a problem in our community?

  • 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
  • Decreased property and community value: dump sites attract more illegal dumping and other criminal activities, and they are unattractive to the local community and property investors
  • Cost: continuous clearing of illegally dumped waste creates significant costs and may lead to increased taxes and tipping fees

What can you do?

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

Information about Regional District facilities and services can be found under Transfer Stations and Sort Smart.

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.

Observe & Report

If you discover an illegal dumping site or witness illegal dumping in the act, contact the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy’s Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) hotline:


Community Cleanup of Illegal Dumping

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 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.

Click here to download a copy of the Illegal Dumping Brochure.