Keep Saskatchewan Clean: Province Tackles Illegal Dumping During Canadian Environment Week

This week is Canadian Environment Week (June 2-8), and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment has launched an educational campaign aimed at reducing illegal dumping, particularly in the northern regions of the province where this issue is most prevalent.

“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 Dangers of Illegal Dumping

Illegal dumping poses several hazards. Old or broken appliances can leak chemicals harmful to the environment and wildlife, while even non-toxic items like bags of yard waste can become fire hazards if not disposed of properly. Abandoned items such as old furniture, appliances, and tires create eyesores and can reduce property values.

“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. Piles of 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 include in your report, the more likely it will lead to a conviction.”

Consequences and Fines

Beyond the environmental and health risks, illegal dumping carries hefty fines:

  • Fines for littering start at $580 for individuals and $1,400 for corporations. In severe cases, a court appearance may be necessary, and responsible parties would also be required to clean up the materials and dispose of them at a permitted waste disposal site at their cost.
  • Under the Municipal Refuse Management Regulations, establishing a waste disposal ground without a permit results in a $580 fine for the responsible party.
  • It is illegal to leave out attractants, such as food waste, for bears, wolves, cougars, and coyotes. Failure to manage attractants can result in fines under The Wildlife Regulations, 1981.

Here’s what you can do to help:

  • Dispose responsibly: Use designated waste disposal sites and recycling facilities.
  • Don’t burn waste: Burning plastic releases harmful chemicals into the air, causing long-term health problems.
  • Spread the word: Educate others about the impact of illegal dumping on our environment.
  • Report: If you suspect someone is dumping or burning mixed waste unlawfully, call the TIPP line at 1-800-667-7561.

The educational campaign includes social media, radio, print, digital, and community cable television advertisements. For more information, visit

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