Illegal Dumping


Illegal dumping is serious business.  When people opt to toss their waste in the bush or other undesirable locations, they are trashing our backyard. We all have a responsibility to look after and maintain our environment, and we should all take this responsibility seriously.

The Regional District of East Kootenay and Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection are serious about cracking down on illegal dumping...and we need your help.

The public plays a critical role in identifying and reporting illegal dumping incidents.  This page provides some information and tips on how you can help report someone or something suspicious.  Timely, accurate reporting gives us the best chance at catching people who are blatantly disregarding our environment.

The RDEK will also be working with the Ministry and other key stakeholders in the development of an illegal dumping task force to work on strategies to address this issue. 

Did you Know...

Many people believe that because yard and garden clippings are biodegradable, there's nothing wrong with dumping their trimmings in the bush. NOT SO! All too often, Conservation Officers come across a small grass pile heaped with other illegally dumped refuse.  There is no charge for yard and garden waste at the transfer stations, and no excuse not to dispose of these clippings properly.   

It is important to include as many details as possible if you are making a report regarding an illegal dumping situation (or any kind of illegal activity for that matter).  If you observe someone littering, dumping household garbage, yard and garden waste, or other loads, here are some tips.

Record your observations in note form as soon as you can. If you have a camera, take some pictures if they can be taken without alarming the violator.  Your notes should include:

  • Date, time, location, and weather conditions

  • Identity of the violator(s) and companions or an accurate description of them

  • Vehicle licence number and description

  • Evidence at the scene

  • Action of violator(s)                                   

Report your observations as soon as possible to the RDEK, Conservation Officers, or RCMP. The phone numbers are as follows:


250-489-2791 or 1-888-478-7335

We live in one of the most beautiful places in the world, and we all have a responsibility to protect and maintain our environment.  Let's take this responsibility seriously and work together to keep our backyards clean!!

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Last updated Tuesday, August 30, 2011
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