Illegal Dumping in Niagara

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Illegal dumping is the disposing of material in non-designated, publicly-owned areas, such as public roads, ditches, public property, rural areas, vacant lots and in public litter receptacles. It is a crime.

Niagara Region is working with all 12 municipalities to address the public issue of illegal dumping.

Report illegal dumping

Rewards for reporting

AmountDetails / Conditions
$50Given to any person whose report of illegal dumping results in an act of compliance (such as the person who was reported illegally dumping, returned to the site and removed the dumped materials)
$200Given to any person whose report of illegal dumping leads to a conviction

Charges and fines

Any resident found guilty of illegally dumping could be fined $750 or more under the Waste Management By-law.

What to look for

Items that are usually illegally dumped include:

  • Household garbage
  • Construction and demolition materials, such as shingles or scrap metal
  • Appliances
  • Furniture
  • Tires
  • Landscaping and yard waste
  • Chemical and medical waste, such as paint or oil
  • Dumping in public litter bins

Learn how to properly dispose of these items.

Number of reports submitted

YearReports SubmittedWarnings Issued
2021 748 80
2020 678 42
2019 677 74
2018 755 140
2017 680 47
2016 589 37
2015 530 39
2014 506 42
2013 394 35
Total 5557 536
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