Regional District launches campaign against illega dumping

Initiative aims to highlight the costs and problems of this long-standing concern in the region

The Regional District of Nanaimo recently launched a campaign that aims to discourage illegal dumping.

The “Your Waste Doesn’t Belong Here” campaign initiated by the regional district highlights the problems associated with illegal dumping.

The social media campaign focuses on increasing awareness of the true cost of illegal dumping, educating residents about options for responsible waste management, and increasing monitoring in areas where illegal dumping is known to occur.

Thanks to funding from the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities, the RDN has also collaborated with other Regional Districts to create a short video about the impacts of illegal dumping. You can watch the video at www.rdn.bc.ca/illegaldumping.

Illegal dumping is a long-standing concern across the region. Each year, the RDN spends $30,000 combating illegal dumping.

“I think there are a number of reasons why people dump illegally including lack of awareness about how easy and inexpensive recycling is in our region,” said RDN Chair Bill Veenhof.

“In many cases, the dumped items can be recycled free of charge or for a small fee at any number of recycling depots in our region.”

In 2016, more than 35 tonnes of illegally dumped material was recovered. These materials can have serious effects on the environment, wildlife habitat and the ability for others to use and enjoy outdoor recreational areas, the RDN said in a written release.

Those who see someone illegally dumping are encouraged to call the Provincial Report All Poachers and Polluters line at 1-877-952-7277 (#7277 from cellphones).

The RDN’s “What Goes Where” search feature helps identify the closest location for donating, recycling or disposing of waste items, including yard waste, bulky furniture and electronics.

For more information, visit www.rdn.bc.ca/illegaldumping.

— NEWS Staff