Illegal Dumping

 

Litter on the sidewalk, a couch on the roadside, bags of trash in the ditch. We’ve all seen illegal dumping in our Township.

Illegal dumping and litter costs taxpayers over $400,000 a year. The Township is taking steps to prevent illegal dumping, and offenders can be fined $500.

Stopping illegal dumping is a community effort. Let’s work together to keep our Township clean, safe, and beautiful. Click on the links below for more information on reporting illegal dumping, proper disposal options, and other ways to get involved.

Learn more about what the Township is doing to tackle litter and illegal dumping.

Litter and Illegal Waste Management Strategy

In April 2015, Township Council approved the Litter and Illegal Waste Management Strategy . The Strategy was developed with input from the public, and is based on three fundamental pillars: education, infrastructure, and enforcement. This Strategy is guiding the Township’s efforts to combat litter and illegal dumping.

What can I do to help?

  • Report all incidents of illegal dumping
  • Join the fight against litter and become a member of Adopt-a-Program. Over 2,000 volunteers and in 300+ groups have committed to keep Township streets, parks, creeks, and trails litter-free. You can clean up once, or for several years, and the Township will provide supplies and dispose of the waste on your behalf.

 

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We need your help to find, identify, and hold illegal dumpers accountable for their waste. Your statement may assist bylaw officers in fining the offender $500.

Report online

Create a service request.

Reporting hotline

Call 1-844-SEE-DUMP (733-3867) to report illegally dumped material, or to provide information on an illegal dumper.

 

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Recycling

The Township offers recycling collection to all residential properties. Local depots  also accept many other items for recycling, most free-of-charge.

Garbage and Green Cart collection

The Township offers garbage and Green Cart collection to residential properties within designated collection zones. This service includes the pick-up of four large items per year, including furniture, appliances, and mattresses.

Rural properties

Properties that fall outside our collection zones can hire a private hauler or self-haul their garbage and organic waste to a local transfer station.

Backyard composting

Backyard composting sustainably manages food scraps, yard trimmings, and soiled paper generated at your property. Residents can purchase a backyard composter at a subsidized rate.

Hazardous Waste

  • Many hazardous waste items are accepted for free at local depots year-round. Visit rcbc.ca/recyclepedia  to find a drop off locations near you.
  • Hazardous waste can also be disposed of at the Township’s annual Household Hazardous Waste Event every October. The Township will safely dispose of these items on residents’ behalf.

 

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Businesses in the Township are responsible for properly disposing their garbage, recycling, and organic waste.

Frequently asked questions

The Township of Langley currently uses the Bylaw Offence Notice system for the issuance of bylaw offence notices; and the maximum penalty under this system is $500.

The Bylaw Offence Notice system allows the Township and recipients to deal with disputes at the local level, rather than through the Provincial Court System, therefore reducing the costly, time-consuming process associated with disputing violation notices through the Provincial Court System.

The new Solid Waste Management Bylaw 2016 No. 5200 , approved by Council in May 2016, states that a resident can be fined for miss-management of waste. This means that dumpers do not necessarily have to be caught in the act to be fined. Evidence pertaining to the generator of the waste may be used in enforcing the management of solid waste.

The letters in the word idiot stand for “illegal dumper in our Township.” One of the recommendations of the Litter and Illegal Waste Management Strategy was to develop a marketing campaign for litter and illegal waste awareness. These signs draw attention to the issue, while alerting possible offenders that their waste is under investigation. Following public consultation, the public told us they wanted a marketing campaign that was direct, engaging, and honest. The #idiot campaign directly speaks to illegal dumpers, engages the public through humour and shock-and-awe, and honestly portrays the frustration many residents feel when they come across illegally dumped material in our Township.

#idiot was launched in June 2016 consisting of ads in movie theatres, newspapers, local facilities, and on buses and Township vehicles. While the campaign engaged the public on the issue of illegal dumping, every marketing campaign begins to lose momentum over time.

Yes! Following the launch of the education campaign, we saw 77 fewer incidents of illegal dumping when compared to the year prior. Increasing awareness of the issue and disposal options, as well as letting offenders know their waste is under investigation helps reduce the frequency of illegal dump sites.

The #idiot campaign may surprise some families with its word choice. Although the word idiot may be unusual language for a municipal campaign, its bluntness and humour works effectively with the message of illegal dumper in our township. Some families may consider idiot to be an inappropriate word for their children to repeat; this aligns with the campaign’s goal to ensure that children, parents, and other individuals understand that illegal dumping and littering is unacceptable – like repeating a “bad word”.

Children are often some of the best educators in a community but the Township acknowledges that it is not always appropriate to teach adults and children in the same manner. As the Township continues to work with local schools on anti-litter and illegal dumping education, a modified version of the campaign without the word “idiot” will be introduced in elementary schools.