Help Stop Illegal Dumping
The City of Chilliwack is working with the BC Conservation Officer Service (COS), FVRD, and stewardship groups to develop and implement an Illegal Dumping Strategy for Chilliwack. These groups have come together to form the Fraser Valley Illegal Dumping Alliance (FVIDA) - visit http://www.fraserriverkeeper.ca/illegal_dumping for more information and opportunities to get involved!
The process is being facilitated by Fraser Riverkeeper, a stewardship group that has been hosting local clean up events on the Fraser River since 2008 and wanted to take a more proactive approach to dealing with illegal dumping.
More information will be shared as the plan progresses, but there are already opportunities for the public to contribute to this effort:
1. Document and report illegal dumping that you witness.
A) If illegal dumping is observed on City property, the details should be reported to the City of Chilliwack's Bylaw Enforcement Office at 604.793.2908. The more details provided and the sooner they are conveyed, the more likely action can be taken.
B) If illegal dumping is observed on Crown land, the following information applies:
Did you know that the BC Conservation Officer Service can fine illegal dumpers based on reports and documentation submitted by witnesses?
Most illegal dumping occurs on Crown Land (river banks, gravel bars, forest service roads, etc.). These activities need to be reported to the BC Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) Line: 1-877-952-7277 or http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/cos/rapp/rapp.html
Make sure you report illegal dumping immediately and thoroughly so the COS can follow up. It is important to record key pieces of information (photographs are helpful if they can be taken safely) - visit the RAPP website provided above for details.
You can even be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2000 through the BC Wildlife Federation if your report leads to a conviction.
2. Interested in organizing your own hotspot cleanup?
The City of Chilliwack supports organized cleanups of illegal dumping hotspots located on public land within City boundaries in two ways:
- Providing Tag-a-Bag stickers:
A “before” photo is required prior to the event. This can even be taken on a smart phone and e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once reviewed, and if approved, free “Tag-a-Bag stickers” will be made available for pick up at the Engineering reception desk located at City Hall.
A member of your group who resides in Chilliwack and receives “Curbside Collection” can place the tags on the collected bags and they will be picked up on the resident’s regular collection day at no cost.
This works best for small cleanups resulting in 1-5 bags.
- Providing a free tipping pass for the landfill:
A “before” photo and proposed clean-up location/description is required prior to the event. This can even be taken on a smart phone and e-mailed to email@example.com.
Once reviewed, and if approved, a free tipping pass will be made available for pick up at the Engineering reception desk located at City Hall.
With the pass in hand, your group can head to the landfill and tip the material into the appropriate bins at no cost.
This works best for cleanups where a truckload or more is gathered.
These options apply to sites where material has been illegally dumped or significant volumes have accumulated (such as abandoned camp sites) on public land. The photo and message regarding your intent to organize a hotspot cleanup is best sent at least 1-2 business days in advance of the planned cleanup date to ensure that the request is received and that City staff have sufficient time to arrange for the passes or tags to be made available.
If the cleanup is to address periodic roadside litter or a hotspot in need of attention on a regular basis, organizers are asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about signing up for the City of Chilliwack's Adopt-a-Road/River/Park/Trial programs and finding a solution that works best for you.
3. Let us know if you want to be involved with the Fraser Valley Illegal Dumping Alliance.