As part of Canadian Environment Week, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment has launched an educational campaign to reduce illegal dump sites across the province.

"Illegal dumping remains a significant challenge—one that threatens public health, damages the environment, and harms our communities," said Environment Minister Christine Tell. "We hope this campaign encourages communities to protect natural spaces, reduce clean-up costs, and send a clear message that we value our environment."

The campaign aims to emphasize the importance of proper waste disposal and serves as a reminder to dispose of items responsibly, preventing chemical leaks, fire hazards, and other dangers.

Fines for illegal dumping are substantial. Individual offenders face fines starting at $580, while corporations can be fined $1,400. Severe cases may require a court appearance, and offenders must clean up and dispose of the materials at a permitted site. Additionally, creating a waste disposal site without a permit incurs a $580 fine under Municipal Refuse Management Regulations.

"We take illegal dumping very seriously," said Conservation Officer Troy Hilts. "It's important we all do our part to keep wildlife and people safe. Piling up garbage can contaminate water, harm aquatic life, and degrade habitat quality. If you can provide information on an illegal dump site that leads to a conviction, you are eligible for a reward, similar to Crime Stoppers. The more details you provide, the more likely it will lead to a conviction."

In 2024-25, the Ministry of Environment will focus on cleaning up illegal dump sites, particularly in northern Saskatchewan. This effort aligns with Saskatchewan's Solid Waste Management Strategy, which aims to reduce the amount of waste ending up in landfills.

As part of the campaign, the ministry reminds the public to use designated waste disposal sites and recycling facilities. Do not burn waste, as burning plastic releases harmful chemicals into the air, which is toxic for both the environment and people. If you suspect illegal dumping, the ministry urges you to report it to the TIPP line at 1-800-667-7561.