The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George has adopted a three-pronged strategy aimed at reducing illegal dumping in the district.
The strategy is based on education, infrastructure/services, and enforcement.
“One of the main factors cited for illegal dumping is lack of awareness,” reads the report. “A significant portion of material that is illegally dumped, such as yard waste, non-refridgerant appliances and tires are accepted at many regional district solid waste facilities for no charge. Providing education and promotion of the following tools lends itself to informing the public about illegal dumping as well as the suitable disposal options available.”
The education component involves informing residents about tipping fees, recycling options, the Report All Poachers and Polluters tip line, community involvement.
The plan also involves providing infrastructure and services that enable people to do the right thing, which is another key to long-term behaviour change and reduces illegal dumping. Expanding the services offered at regional district facilities would increase the public’s access to appropriate disposal and recycling opportunities.
It also involves the introduction of the major appliance recycling roundtable stewardship program at select regional district facilities. This allows residents to drop off major appliances including; fridges, freezers, and air conditioners, for recycling at no charge (currently there is a $22.50 tipping fee to dispose of appliances containing ozone depleting substances)
The involves expanding community cleanup campaigns to include: large item pick up events, hazardous waste roundups, seasonal collection of yard waste. It calls for the installation of signage in problem areas indicating provincial and bylaw fine amounts for illegal dumping, the area is under surveillance, and R.A.P.P line information.
It also encourages property owners in illegal dumping hotspots to install gates or barriers to restrict access o install security cameras, post signs – “Private Property – No Dumping” and “Area Under Video Surveillance.”
The plan calls on the regional district to establish and enforce a bylaw that puts the onus for proper disposal on the waste generator.
It calls on the regional district to work with the Conservation Officer Service to establish baseline data on the nature and extent of illegal dumping in the regional district, map problem sites, track and evaluate measures to assess the impact of prevention efforts, and coordinate with the Conservation Officer Service to collect data through the R.A.P.P line