Illegal dumping is a problem that continues to persist in Powell River. Many items that are illegally dumped actually fit into FREE ‘Extended Producer Responsibility’ (EPR) recycling programs. Items such as bulky white appliances (stoves, washing machines, etc.), small and large electronics, paint, hazardous materials, propane tanks and many metal items all can be disposed of for free in Powell River. Please view the Waste Wise Recycling Directory for a comprehensive list of accepted materials.
If you spot illegally dumped trash, please make a report through R.A.P.P. (or call 1-877-952-7277 or #7277 on the TELUS Mobility Network). If you have a mobile phone, consider installing and using the free TrashOut phone application to help us track local dump spots and identify sites that require cleaning. TrashOut is an app for smartphones that requires you to sign up for a free account. Once you are signed up, you can take a photo of the trash and your phone will automatically record the GPS coordinates. Once you upload the photo onto the app, the coordinates will become a pinpoint on the map and you can then fill out a quick report of what materials are onsite, how much material there is and any other details you want to add. The map can then be used by local governments, community groups or members of the public who want to participate in cleanup efforts. Anyone can view the map and hover over pinpoints to see the details that have been recorded. Once cleaned, the sites can be removed.
Want to get more involved? Each year the Powell River Regional District hosts a one day community clean up event – the Trash Bash. Residents can clean up dump sites, litter and beaches and drop of the collected materials for free. Participants are treated to a free hot lunch and prizes. The 2019 Trash Bash was held on Saturday May 4th. The 2020 date will be announced soon.