Dumping waste soil, yard clippings or plant material other than at a waste receiving station can contribute to the spread of invasive species. This type of material can indeed unknowingly be contaminated with invasive plants’ seeds or parts that will flourish at their new location. Many examples have been observed around Whitehorse where illegal dumping (aka “fly tipping”) of soil was at the source of new sweet clover infestations (see picture).
Waste receiving stations exist throughout the Territory that are meant to mitigate this type of risk and handle that type of material. Find out where to route your waste on YG’s website.
Illegal dumping means not taking proper responsibility for our waste and is an actionable offense. More info available on YG’s website.
Signs have been installed at some known illegal dumping areas, and residents are encouraged to report illegal dumping. If you are a witness to illegal dumping, please report it to Environment Yukon’s TIPP line at 1-800-661-0525. In Whitehorse, you can also report it to Bylaw Services: phone 867-667-2111, visit the CoW’s website, or use the What Goes Where app.
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