Illegal dumping

Illegal Dumping

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.

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.

Are you disposing of waste properly?

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.

Before considering dumping something illegally try using other free disposal resources that won’t pollute or harm the environment like:

  • Craigslist, Facebook, Buy Sell & Trade, Kijiji or Used Comox Valley
  • Second hand stores
  • Churches and non-profit groups
  • Calling the CSWM service to see if there is a free disposal option you may not be aware of

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 us.

Before bringing items to the landfill, ensure you are getting the best value for your tipping fees by:

  • Removing any scrap metal or recyclables that can be recycled for free
  • Ensuring all your items are as dry as possible to reduce the weight of your material
  • Tarping or covering your loads to ensure you do not receive a fine

Before allowing someone else to dispose of waste for you, make sure you know it is not being illegal dumped. Ask your contractor or junk removal company for disposal slips with your invoice to ensure your waste materials are being properly disposed of. The new Illegal Dumping bylaw means you could be charged if someone else illegally dumps items that belong to you.

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

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 or report it online. Province Wide BC Conservation Officer Service RAPP line (Report All Poachers and Polluters): 1-877-952-7277 #7277 Website BC Wildlife Federation Resident Priority Program: Website