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Illegal Dumping

By | October 2012
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Illegal dumping is a serious and growing problem in Surrey. Abandoned garbage is not only an eyesore but it impacts our City in many negative ways: Although it represents only 0.012% of the total annual solid waste generated in the City, illegally dumped material can have serious effects on the environment, wildlife habitat and the ability of others to use and enjoy outdoor recreational areas.

• Increases health risks - Abandoned and decaying garbage attracts rats and other disease-carrying creatures.  • Increases environmental risks - Illegal dumping of hazardous waste will contaminate soil and water. Harmful chemicals are produced as rainfall percolates through garbage, potentially damaging ground and surface water and fish habitat.  • Increases costs - Collecting abandoned garbage costs money which is passed onto to taxpayers.  • Encourages more dumping - Abandoned garbage, even small amounts, will become full-scale dumpsites in only a few days. Allowing garbage to accumulate on vacant lots, in front and backyards and green spaces only makes the problem worse.  • Contributes to other illegal activity - By tolerating illegal dumping you send a message to violators that these and other types of non-desirable activities are okay in your neighborhood.

How do I report illegal dumping?
There are two ways to report incidents of illegal dumping on public property:

1. Call the Engineering Service Request Line at 604-591-4152; or

2. Click here to Report the problem.

A City representative will investigate the complaint and if appropriate, will enforce City by-laws relating to the unlawful dumping, or the accumulation of garbage. In many cases the inspector is able to track down the person responsible for the dumping. The inspector will then take all of or some of the following actions:

• Send the offender a warning letter
• Issue the offender a municipal ticket information under the Surrey Sanitation By-law, 1969, No. 3052 in the amount...

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