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Litter and illegal dumping

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Together we can keep Hamilton clean and green

The City of Hamilton provides many services and programs that help contain and prevent litter on public property.  The City's Public Works Department estimates that these services are provided at a cost to the taxpayer of more than $2.3 million a year -- funds that could be put to better use for our parks, roads, facilities, environment and other public services.

Hamilton is fortunate to have thousands of residents, businesses, organizations and groups that care about their community by keeping their neighbourhoods clean and green. This community pride and spirit of volunteerism is key to combating litter and supporting beautification. It is key to changing behaviours and attitudes toward littering, illegal dumping and defacing property.  It is the cornerstone of Hamilton's Clean City Strategy.

What can I do?

A successful litter prevention program requires the coordination of City resources, volunteer resources and property owners.  The cooperation of citizens, visitors, businesses and government will influence behaviours and attitudes that will help prevent unsightly and dangerous litter in our communities.

  • If you witness trash being dumped on private or public property, report it immediately to police.
  • If you witness litter being thrown from a vehicle, report it to police describing the make and model of the vehicle and the license plate. Littering on any roadway is an offence under the Highway Traffic Act and punishable with a fine of up to $500.
  • If you see trash dumped on private or public property, report it for Municipal Law Enforcement action to 905 546-CITY (2489).
  • Practice good litter prevention habits:  dispose of garbage and recyclables in appropriate containers; if there's no litter container around, take your litter with you to the nearest container or take it home.
  • Secure recyclables in your Blue Box on your waste collection day, especially if it's windy.
  • Organize or participate in a neigbhourhood litter pick-up event like the Tim Hortons Team Up to Clean Up program.
  • Get your church group, club, association, business or organization involved in a civic beautification program like Adopt-a-Park or Adopt-a-Road.

Visit these pages often for up-to-date information on Hamilton's anti-litter initiatives and related programs and initiatives that help keep Hamilton clean and green.