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Illegal Dumping Prevention and Enforcement

Illegal dumping is a long-standing concern in the Regional District of Nanaimo. In 2016, over 35 tonnes of illegally dumped material was recovered and disposed of appropriately. Illegally dumped material can have serious effects on the environment, wildlife habitat and the ability of others to use and enjoy outdoor recreational areas.

What is Illegal Dumping?

Illegal dumping is purposefully leaving waste on private or public land rather than using legal disposal methods like recycling or landfilling. Pursuant to RDN Bylaw No. 1386, those who generate (own), deliver or abandon waste illegally can be subject to a fine of up to $200,000.

Illegal dumping includes but is not limited to:

Is it Really Garbage?

Common illegally dumped items can often be recycled at a local depot for free. Recycling is an important part of the regions goal to reach Zero Waste. Use our Curbside app or our online "What Goes Where" to find a disposal option near you.

What Can You Do?

Appropriately dispose of extra garbage, household hazardous waste and other materials. It's not as hard or as expensive as you might think! Help combat illegal dumping by observing, recording and reporting:

When you witness illegal dumping in the Regional District of Nanaimo (outside the municipalities of Nanaimo, Parksville, Town of Qualicum and Lantzville) report it to Solid Waste Services by calling (250) 390-6560 or 1-877-607-4111 (toll-free). You can also leave an anonymous tip with Nanaimo and District Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or visit the website to leave a secure tip at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com.

When you witness an environmental violations in progress anywhere in BC call the Provincial Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) line at 1-877-952-7277 to report illegal waste disposal anywhere in BC.

What to Record:

Important Information
Witness/Witnesses Name
Address
Phone no.
City/Province
Postal Code
Is witness willing to testify in court
Violation Witnessed
Date
Time
Vehicle Description
Vehicle Color
Vehicle Make
Vehicle Model
Vehicle License Plate
Vehicle Prov/State
Vehicle Unusual Markings
Details of Violation
Location
Private Property
Type of waste dumped Residential Garbage Commercial garbage Yard waste
Other (please explain)
Is the location inside city limits
Description of Violator
Name (if known)
Sex
Age
Height
Weight
Eyes
Hair
Beard/Mustache
Physical marks or scars
Clothing (hat, coast etc.)
Peculiarities
Match Characters:
( Entering the matching characters )

 
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