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Illegal Dumping


What is Illegal Dumping?

Illegal dumping is waste that has been deliberately dumped or abandoned on public or private property.  Examples of illegal dumping include litter on the sidewalk, a couch on the road side, bags of trash in the ditch, or materials placed curbside with a “free” sign.  In its various forms, illegal dumping is unsightly, costly and can pose significant risk to the environment, as well as to the health of humans and/or wildlife.  Illegal dumping also encourages more illegal dumping and sends a message that illegal activity is okay in your neighbourhood.

Stopping illegal dumping is a community effort.  When you dispose of items properly, and when you report illegal dumping, you help improve the quality of life in your community.  Let’s work together to keep our City clean, safe and beautiful!  Refer to the information provided below on reporting illegal dumping, proper disposal options, and other ways to get involved.

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How to Report Illegal Dumping?

City Property

Examples of illegal dumping on City property include material dumped in parks and along roadways and ditches.  If illegal dumping is observed on City property, the details should be reported to the City through one of the following means:

Private Property

Clean up of illegal dumping on private property is the property owner’s responsibility.  Properties in the City of Abbotsford have to be maintained at an acceptable level.  Examples of items considered unsightly in the City's Good Neighbour Bylaw No. 1256-2003 include:

  • Accumulation of junk
  • Discard materials and garbage
  • Uncontrolled growth of landscaping
  • Deterioration of fences, buildings or other structures

To report concerns with an unsightly property:

Crown Land

Examples of illegal dumping on Crown Land include material dumped on riverbanks, forest service roads, along highways, etc.  If illegal dumping is observed on Crown Land, report it to the appropriate agency outlined below:

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI)

The MOTI looks after the cleanup of litter and items left along highways (including on ramps and off ramps) and from camps under provincial highway overpasses, bridges, culverts, etc.

Contact:  

  • Call Emil Anderson Maintenance at 1-800-667-5122
  • MOTI 604-527-2221

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (FOC)

The FOC looks after the permanent alteration or destruction to fish habitat, including fish kills, and fish nets left or caught in rivers.

Contact:  

  • 1-800-465-4336

Conservation Officer Service (COS)

The COS looks after many areas including illegal dumping (not related to camps), pollution, poaching, degradation of fish habitat, damage from off-road vehicle use, etc.

Contact: 

Natural Resource Officers (NRS)

The NRS looks after the cleanup of litter from camps on Crown Land for more than two weeks.

Contact: 

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Ways to Properly Dispose of Waste?

Common illegally dumped items can often be recycled at a local depot for free, or brought to another location for a small fee.  It’s not as hard or as expensive to dispose of items as you might think!

  • Purchase extra garbage stickers from City Hall, Abbotsford Recreation Centre and Matsqui Recreation Center for $2 each.  Just put the sticker on an extra garbage bag, bring it to the curb on your next garbage collection day, and the City will take it away with your curbside material.
  • Bulky items for disposal can be dropped off for a charge at a transfer station.
  • Use the City’s Waste Wizard to find out what goes where!  The Waste Wizard is available online or by downloading the Abbotsford Curbside Collection app (available on the App Store and Google Play).
  • Additional information on what is accepted in the curbside collection program can be found at abbotsford.ca/collection

Not having a vehicle doesn’t have to be a barrier.  There are many ways to dispose of unwanted items that don’t require you to leave your home:

  • Contact friends and family to see if there is someone who could take the item off your hands.
  • Post an online ad for your item on Craigslist, Kijiji or on a community Facebook page – make sure to specify that pick-up is required.
  • Contact a local charity to see if they will pick-up, free of charge, your unwanted item – some options are listed in the City’s Waste Wizard.
  • Arrange a disposal day with your neighbours and ensure that someone has a vehicle. 

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Ways to Get Involved?

Want to help beautify our community? The City of Abbotsford has a number of ways to get involved and give back to your community. Volunteer opportunities to help with litter pick up, as well as reporting on illegal dumping, vandalism or maintenance problems are available for individuals, clubs and schools located where you live, work or play. Once registered, volunteers are provided with all the tools and guidelines needed to tackle beautification in their chosen area. 

More information is available on the City’s Volunteer page.

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