One of the most selfish acts in the world… illegal dumping

IllegalDumpingIn my opinion, illegal dumping is one of the most selfish and self-centred acts anyone can commit.

Think about it for a moment.

A resident or a business feels it is okay to fill their personal or commercial vehicle with garbage, drive to a random location (often under the cover of night), and then dump their garbage on someone else’s property, with no consideration of how it impacts others or the environment.

Illegally dumping garbage in a park or street litter bin results in messy neighbourhoods and unnecessary litter.

If garbage is illegally dumped in a school’s dumpster, the school board — which pays for garbage collection and disposal — has to spend money intended for educational purposes (books, equipment, etc.) and use it to dispose of someone else’s garbage.

And illegally dumping in rural areas not only destroys natural beauty, but it negatively impacts local ecology and farms, and harms biodiversity.

When you consider that many illegally dumped items, including metal and appliancestires and electronics, can be recycled free of charge, there’s really no excuse. Even construction and demolition debris, including shingles, can be recycled! Often, contents of illegally dumped garbage includes acceptable Blue Box material. If you use your Blue Box and GreenCart, you’ll have less garbage.

When Halton Region reduced its garbage limit and introduced garbage tags in April 2013, there was a concern that illegal dumping could increase. Luckily, this has not been the case.  Reports of illegal dumping has not changed from the previous year.

If you see any instances of illegal dumping, please access Halton by dialing 311. If you are able to safely get a photo of the offender’s license plate, that helps Halton and Local Municipal staff follow up with the offenders.

About John Watson

I'm a communicator, educator and project manager with a focus on environmental and public works issues. Previously, I was the Onboarding Director for ReCollect Systems, where I implemented digital communication products for municipalities and non-profits. For eight years, I was the Waste Diversion Educator Coordinator for Halton Region, where I implemented award winning communications and outreach programs.
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