May 26, 2017 Return to Headlines

Coquitlam Urges Residents to Report Illegal Dumping

by Michelle Frilund |

COQUITLAM, BC, May 26, 2017 – Coquitlam is encouraging its residents to blow the whistle on illegal dumpers after heaps of garbage were left outside the Town Centre recycling depot on Victoria Day.

As staff review security footage, the City is asking residents to report illegal dumpers to bylaw enforcement staff at 604-927-7387 or bylaw_enforcement@coquitlam.ca. Those caught dumping may be fined up to $250 per incident, plus any related clean-up and disposal costs incurred by the City.

Illegal dumping at City recycling depots is common, but Monday’s incident was among the worst in several years. Large piles of household garbage, furniture, electronics, cardboard and other items were heaped near the locked gates, where a sign states that the depot is closed on statutory holidays. 

Increased security surveillance and staffing coming to Town Centre depot this summer are expected to help deter dumping there, but the City is also hoping more residents will step forward to report any illegal dumping they see in parks, outdoor spaces and on City property. 

Illegal dumping costs taxpayers thousands of dollars each year. In 2016 alone, the City spent more than $220,000 cleaning up garbage or recycling dumped after hours outside its depots. 

Residents are reminded of Coquitlam’s many disposal options, including:

  • Curbside collection of garbage, recycling and organics;
  • Four free pickups a year of large household items for homes receiving curbside collection www.coquitlam.ca/lipu;
  • Coquitlam Transfer Station on United Boulevard, open every day of the year except for Dec. 25 and Jan. 1; 
  • Town Centre recycling depot in Town Centre Park (closed statutory holidays);
  • Several full-service Encorp Return-It Depots and private recycling depots; 
  • The Waste Wizard search tool at www.coquitlam.ca/trashtalk that explains how and where to properly dispose of items; and
  • The annual City-Wide Garage Sale, this year on May 27, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (www.coquitlam.ca/garagesale).

Given the variety of options, it takes little effort to dispose of items properly – and the reward is a cleaner community and reduced costs for taxpayers. 

Residents with questions about how to dispose of items can find information at www.coquitlam.ca/trashtalk or contact wastereduction@coquitlam.ca or 604-927-3500 with any questions.

Photos available at https://flic.kr/s/aHsm1vkcZ4.

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Media contact:
Steffanie Warriner
Manager Environmental Services
City of Coquitlam