Comox Strathcona Waste Management Service


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What is illegal dumping?

Illegal dumping is the improper disposal of waste in public or private areas, such as parks, rural properties and logging roads. Illegal dumping impacts the environment and our community and is a growing problem. Since 2012, over 500 sites with illegally dumped materials have been documented. In 2017, the CSWM board approved a new public education strategy and an illegal dumping bylaw to ensure consistency in wording, enforcement and fines across the region.

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The most common items found at illegal dump sites are household garbage, construction materials, yard waste and appliances.

Click here to learn more about the items that are dumped illegally in our region.

Proper Disposing of Materials

The easiest way to prevent illegal dumping is to ensure that your waste is disposed of properly. Fines for illegally dumped material apply to those who own the garbage, not just those who dump it.

Many items can be reused through donations or recycled. All solid waste originating within the boundaries of the Comox Valley and Strathcona Regional Districts will be accepted at the Comox Valley and Campbell River waste management centres. Disposal fees can be found here.

If you have questions about how much it will cost to dispose of an item phone 250-334-6016 or email

Learn more about illegal dumping in our region and how it is enforced

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Fines for illegally dumped materials apply to those who own the garbage, not just those who dump it. If you ask someone to illegally dump material for you, you are still breaking the law. Our new Illegal Dumping Bylaw is helping us to coordinate with other jurisdictions to catch illegal dumpers. Click below for more information about the bylaw and the fines associated with it.

Bylaw No. 470 – CSWM Illegal Dumping Regulations


Report Illegal Dumping

Within the CSWM service area: 1-800-331-6007.

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Province Wide

BC Conservation Officer Service RAPP line (Report All Poachers and Polluters):

BC Wildlife Federation Resident Priority Program: