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. Be sure to take the photo of the trash in the app to 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. The map can 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.
Each year qathet Regional District hosts a one-day community clean up event called Trash Bash. Residents can clean up dump sites, litter and beaches and drop off the collected materials for free. Participants are treated to a free hot lunch and prizes. The 2020 Trash Bash will be held on Saturday, May 2nd at the Willingdon Beach gravel lot.
The qathet Regional District Coastline Cleanup Initiative facilitates volunteer led shoreline clean-ups throughout the region. Fill out an application for your clean-up event or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Approved applications will receive reimbursement for boat fuel, transportation costs and any associated disposal or recycling fees depending on availability. Funding is on a first come first serve basis.