Illegal garbage dumping is becoming more of an issue in Rocky View County (RVC) just outside of Calgary city limits.
Mattresses, toilets, cabinets, you name it, people have dumped it on the side of roads in the county, which brackets Calgary to the north, east and west.
Taking a drive down certain gravel roads in the district and you will encounter an illegal trash dump every few minutes.
“On average, Rocky View County sees three reports of illegal dumping each month,” said Rocky View County communications manager Grant Kaiser.
“It’s a problem throughout rural Alberta, but the vigilance of County Enforcement Services officers, the RCMP, and residents has kept that number below what other municipalities see,” Kaiser said in an interview.
It seems that some Calgary and area residents would rather dump their waste out in the country for free than pay the fee at municipal landfill sites.
Illegal dumping in Rocky View can bring fines ranging from $500, to $10,000.
“No one likes to see trash on the side of the road,” said Rocky View County resident Ken Pieschel.
“It seems to have been getting worse and worse over the last few years.”
“One our biggest weapon against illegal dumping is our residents,” said Kaiser.
“County enforcement and RCMP do a great job, but 40,000 extra pairs of eyes are a definite help.”
Rocky View County provides garbage and recycling centres at Madden, Crossfield, Beiseker, Irricana, Springhill, Airdrie, Keoma, Cochrane, Bearspaw, Scott Lake, Springbank, Langdon, Elbow Valley and Bragg Creek.
For the disposal of waste for Rocky View residents, tag-a-bag tickets can be bought at the RVC Administration Building, Springhill Shell, Bottrel Store, and the Bragg Creek, Langdon, Irricana, and Airdrie transfer sites.
More information on the tag-a-bag program can be found on Rocky View’s webpage.
“One our biggest weapon against illegal dumping is our residents,” – Grant Kaiser
County Enforcement can be reached at (403) 230-1401, or on the Rocky View County webpage.
Calgary currently has three landfills, all of which are open Wednesday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fees and ticket prices can be found on the City of Calgary’s webpage