Many understand that it’s illegal but a lot of people in Calgary still choose to dump their garbage on public property leaving it for the City to collect and take to the landfill.
What many may not understand is that the taxpayer pays for this debris to be collected and taken to a City landfill for disposal. In just 2 days in May, the City of Calgary Roads department collected just over 4.5 tonnes of debris from the ditches along 68th Street NE totalling just under $2,500 in labour and landfill charges. These charges, which could potentially add up to $30,000 or more a year, are paid for out of the Roads annual budget. This impacts services such as pothole repair, street cleaning and snow removal.
If you should see anyone dumping household or commercial waste, please contact 311 with the location and if possible a photo of the license plate of the vehicle involved. Dumping garbage is illegal and subject to a fine under the City’s bylaw.
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