Metro Vancouver raises issue of illegal dumping at RCBC conferenceMetro Vancouver raises issue of illegal dumping at RCBC conference<div class="ExternalClass2A3C224DBB8B454E8889FD772B2B2CDF"><p>Metro Vancouver and member municipalities are taking action to deal with illegally dumped waste, such as furniture, mattresses and demolition materials, which is collectively costing the region $2.5 million per year to manage.</p><p>The issue is also costly to businesses, private landowners and charitable organizations that accept donations. Metro Vancouver, along with the City of Surrey, recently raised the problem of illegal dumping – and the measures being taken to address it -- at the Recycling Council of B.C.’s Zero Waste Conference on June 21. </p><p>Education and awareness programs have typically focused on furniture and household items, but have recently shifted to include demolition materials, such as gypsum, tiles and wood coated with lead-based paint, which can be hazardous to human health and the environment. </p><p>Metro Vancouver is developing a region-wide education and awareness program (a report will be presented to the July 13 meeting of the Zero Waste Committee), and continues to work with municipalities to track incidents of illegal dumping and share regulatory and enforcement strategies and best management practices.</p><p>At the same time, municipalities are taking their own actions to reduce illegal dumping, including regulatory and enforcement changes, educational programs, enhanced collection efforts and community engagement. </p><p>In 2016, the City of Surrey, for example, hosted a series of public waste drop-off events, called “Pop-Up Junk Drop,” to make it easier for people to get rid of unwanted items. The city also expanded its Large Item Pick-Up program and are piloting the use of surveillance cameras in hot spot areas known for illegal dumping activities.</p><p><em>Photo Caption: </em><em>Metro Vancouver pressed home the issue of abandoned waste at RCBC Zero Waste Conference. From left: Dean Miller, B.C. Ministry of Environment; Harry Janda, City of Surrey solid waste and contract manager; Scott Kyle, partner, Dillon Consulting; and Paul Henderson, Metro Vancouver’s general manager of solid waste services.</em></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/Issue33-RCBC-conference.jpg2017-06-29T07:00:00ZGP0|#4559f831-3b17-4c2c-8f55-ad81859dc712;L0|#04559f831-3b17-4c2c-8f55-ad81859dc712|Issue 33;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass113B10CABA3F4C4EA8C4769B657BE48A"><p>​Metro Vancouver, along with the City of Surrey, recently raised the problem of illegal dumping – and the measures being taken to address it -- at the Recycling Council of B.C.'s Zero Waste Conference on June 21. Illegally dumped waste, such as furniture, mattresses and demolition materials, is collectively costing the region $2.5 million per year to manage.<br><br></p></div>0