When the time and fuel needed to commit illegal dumping is considered, along with the possible fines, it is much more expensive to dump illegally than to dispose of the waste at a recycling facility. Illegal dumping also costs taxpayers because it is expensive to investigate, clean-up and dispose of abandoned waste. Ironically, many of the items found at illegal dump sites can be recycled for free at recycling centres.
When grass trimmings and other yard material are dumped on road sides and in green spaces, they can have serious impacts on the surrounding environment. If invasive plant species are in the mix, such as Scotch Broom and English Ivy, these plants spread to new areas and cause long lasting environmental damage. If yard waste is washed into waterways, it reduces the amount of oxygen available for aquatic life and harms fish species.
Often, illegal dump sites start with ‘harmless’ material, such as organic waste, being dumped first. This attracts other illegal dumping and can lead to chronic dumping in an area.
Residents who live in the CVRD are fortunate to have access to a number of private and public recycling facilities with knowledgeable, helpful staff. Learn more about these facilities.
There are many harmful impacts of illegal dumping: