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.

#idiot Campaign

A big problem needs a bold statement. The #idiot campaign was developed to bring attention to the problem of illegal dumping, increase awareness of proper disposal options, warn offenders of penalties, and increase awareness of reporting options. The letters in the word idiot stand for illegal dumper in our township. By properly disposing of your waste, you’re being waste wise and setting an example for others to do the same.

Want to promote the campaign in your neighbourhood, school, or business? Check out idiot campaign posters  (18 MB). 

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.

Adopt-a-program

Want to help cleanup in our community? Join over 2,000 volunteers in 300+ groups that commit to cleaning up litter in our streets, parks, creeks, and trails. 

 

Illegal Dumping Icon Report Illegal Dumping

 

The Township needs your help to find and identify illegal dumping and offenders. Choose a reporting option that works for you.

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.

 

 Residential Disposal Icon Residential Disposal

Residents have many options for proper waste disposal. Click on the links below for more information.

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 organics collection

The Township offers garbage and organics collection to properties within designated collection zones. This service includes the pick-up of four large items each year.

Rural properties

Residents that do not receive garbage and organics collection service from the Township can hire a private hauler, or self-haul their waste to a local transfer station .

Backyard composting

Residents can compost their food scraps and soiled paper at home by purchasing a backyard composter at a subsidized rate of $25.

Hazardous waste

Residents can bring hazardous waste to the annual Household Hazardous Waste Event free-of-charge.

Questions?

For questions regarding residential collection programs, contact the Engineering Division at 604-532-7300, or email opsinfo@tol.ca. To dispose of materials not included in residential programs, visit the Recycling Council of British Columbia’s Recyclepedia , or call the Recycling Hotline at 604-RECYCLE (604-732-9253).

 

Commercial Disposal Icon Commercial Disposal

Businesses in the Township are responsible for properly disposing all of their waste. Click on the links below for more information.

Garbage, recycling and organics

The Township does not offer waste collection service for commercial properties. Bring your waste to a local transfer station , or hire a private hauler.

Questions?

Visit the Recycling Council of British Columbia’s Recyclepedia , or call the Recycling Hotline at 604-RECYCLE (604-732-9253).

Frequently asked questions

The letters in the word idiot stand for illegal dumper in our township. An illegal dumper, or litterer, is someone who does not properly dispose of their waste and instead leaves it on the sidewalk, in a ditch, or another public place. The word idiot is used because dumping waste where it doesn’t belong is not wise - illegal dumping of waste is an eyesore, hazardous to our environment and public safety, and costs taxpayers over $400,000 a year to cleanup. In workshops held during the campaign development, the public helped decide that a bold statement is needed to address this big problem!

The campaign refers to our township because the community belongs to all of us. As residents we have the responsibility to keep our home clean, safe, and beautiful. We all have a part to play in stopping illegal dumping by properly disposing of our waste and reporting offenders.

Hashtags can be used on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to tag images. A hashtag is used in front of the campaign name for a few reasons: the use of a hashtag is relevant to current pop culture and helps add to the humour of the campaign; the hashtag implies that the campaign is viral (i.e. widespread on the internet) which will help bring attention to the anti-illegal dumping message and waste disposal resources; tagging #idiot on social media can enter you to win prizes - see below for more information.

Municipalities in Canada, the United States, Australia, and Britain have run successful education campaigns to reduce litter and illegal dumping. The Township’s campaign is founded on the principles of other successful campaigns, public consultation, and the experience of marketing experts. Together with enforcement and infrastructure, education can help reduce litter and illegal dumping by bringing awareness to proper disposal options and the negative consequences of illegal dumping.

In the fall of 2015, staff held two stakeholder workshops with ION Brand Design to gather public opinion for an illegal dumping marketing campaign. In these workshops the public told us that they wanted the campaign to be 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.

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.

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.