Keep Dover Clean Campaign
I’m reaching out today about an on-going issue in the neighbourhood that we need your help to solve. The issue is with respect to waste. There are 2 issues - illegal and unsafe dumping, and improper use and untidy management of the Black, Green, and Blue carts for Waste and Recycling.
You may have already been seeing a stronger Bylaw presence these past couple of weeks with the illegal dumping occurring. Over the next month, there will be more Bylaw Officers in the community proactively enforcing bylaws such as illegal dumping. The Bylaw Officers are there to address community concerns, so please feel free to ask questions if you see them on your street.
Illegal and Unsafe Dumping
Illegal dumping has been happening in a number of places around Dover including the community mailboxes by 28 AV SE, at the WINS store on 34 ST SE, and at pathway entrances. This is illegal, unsafe, expensive, and unsightly. When illegal dumping occurs, City crews need to be taken away from other vital work being done, and dispatched to investigate and clean-up the mess. Crews don’t know if there are dangerous items in the material, and is unsafe not only for them, but it’s also unsafe for the children and pets of the community.
It’s ugly and unsightly, and reinforces the unfair mischaracterization the community already receives. It’s also expensive. It is much more affordable to have City services systematically and efficiently collect curbside garbage with automated trucks, than to have them respond one-by-one to clean-up manually. When people see others in their community disrespecting the public realm, other may also adopt that view, then it spreads.
Dumping or depositing waste besides unauthorized carts or landfills is a crime
Under the City of Calgary bylaws, illegal dumping is subject to a $250 fine. Under the Province of Alberta’s Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, the fine goes up to $50,000.
What to do if you see illegal dumping?
If you witness illegal dumping in progress. Call the Calgary Police non-emergency line at 403-266-1234 and press '0' to speak to an officer to report the crime. Record a license plate if it’s safe to do so, and report the description of the offenders.
If you use the app on your smartphone you can attach an image and the location. You will receive a service request number, email it to email@example.com so my office can follow up on it.
Know your Garbage, Recycling and Composting Pickup Schedule
There are 3 easy ways to find this out:
Visit Calgary.ca and enter ‘pickup schedule’ in the search bar
- Download the smartphone app
The app will remind you the night before your carts need to go out.
Landfill Location and Hours
If you have items that are too big to throw out in residential carts, take them to a nearby landfill. Electronics, household chemicals, motor oil, and aerosol cans are all accepted for no cost. Tires, including tires with rims are accepted at no cost at the Shepard Landfill location.
Community Cleanup Events
Save a trip to the landfill for items that do not fit in their waste or recycling carts. These events are free of charge to you.
While the community cleanups events do happen every year, it’s important we work together as a community and support one another throughout the year. If you’re able to, offer to lend a hand to a neighbour.
Great neighbourhoods thrive when its residents, businesses and institutions like churches and schools work toward a common goal. Everyone can agree that they want to live in a clean community that they are proud to call home.
Contact my office
My office and I are always here to help and to respond. Reach out to me anytime at 403-268-5330 or drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ward 9 City Councillor