It’s time for a Clean Break! Doing the right thing may not be as costly as you think.

What is illegal dumping and waste abandonment?

Illegal dumping is when materials are purposefully left in public spaces instead of using proper recycling or safe and legal disposal methods. Waste abandonment is when items are placed in areas like boulevards or 'donated' to charities, often with the intention of re-use, but often ending up as garbage.

Responsibly managing unwanted items

carjunk-sqImproper disposal of unwanted items is unsightly, increases health and environmental risks, encourages illegal dumping activity and sends a message that illegal activity is permissible in a neighbourhood. When you dispose of items properly, or when you report illegal dumping, you help improve the quality of life in your neighbourhood and community. So, if you have an item that is not collected through your residential garbage services or through the curbside recycling program (such as a mattress, large appliance, or furniture) you can:

  • Donate the item to charity if it is in good condition (call first to ensure that your item is needed)
  • Try to sell or give away the item using free online services
  • Recycle the item
  • Bring the item to the landfill or a facility near you for proper disposal

How you can also help

blue-couch-hhReduce! Before purchasing new materials, first consider if you really need to buy new. Maybe you can buy an item "lightly used" from a social media outlet or website offering items in your community.

Reuse! No longer need an item? Maybe it can be reused? Consider listing it online, or donate the item to a recognized second hand business or charity. It's a good idea to contact a charity ahead of time to confirm what they accept.

Recycle! If it can’t be reused visit to find out where you can take the item for proper recycling.

If none of the above, then dispose of remaining items responsibly through waste service providers.

Not having a vehicle doesn't have to be a barrier

Have unwanted items but don't have a vehicle? Don't let that get in your way. There are a lot of ways to dispose of unwanted items, and most of them don't require even leaving your home.

  • Email friends and family, or post something on your favorite social media outlet, like Facebook, to see if they could take the item off your hands
  • Post an online ad for your item - make sure to specify that pick-up is required
  • Contact a local charity as some will pick-up items free of charge
  • Book a vehicle through a carshare co-op
  • Arrange a community disposal day with a neighbour who has a vehicle and coordinate a shared visit to the landfill - you'll both be doing the environment a favour

How to prevent illegal dumping on your street or in your neighbourhood

If you manage or own a building, and there is repeated illegal dumping on your street or in your lane, the CRD suggests a combination of:

  • Building a private garbage enclosure
  • Installing security cameras with accompanying warning signs
  • Consistently lock dumpsters and other waste containers

Is it really garbage?

Many items can be recycled and do not need to go to the landfill as "garbage". Recycling plays an important role in the region's efforts to make Greater Victoria a Green region. The Hartland depot is one of many local facilities that accept items not intended for, or picked up through, the residential garbage service or curbside blue box recycling program.

Visit to find out if your item is recyclable and locate your facility disposal options.

Report Illegal Dumping

You can report illegal dumping by contacting your local municipality.

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