The Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment has launched an educational campaign in recognition of Canadian Environment Week (June 2-8), which aims to reduce the number of illegal dumpsites in the province, with a focus on northern areas that see a disproportionate amount of illegal dumping. 

"Illegal dumping remains a significant challenge - one that threatens public health, damages the environment and harms our communities," Environment Minister Christine Tell said.  

"We hope this campaign encourages communities to protect natural spaces, reduce clean-up costs and send a clear message that we value our environment." 

Canadian Environment Week is an opportunity to consider the impact human activities have on the environment, while building awareness and participating events that highlight the importance of proper waste disposal.  

The consequences of failing to do so range from the effects on wildlife and environment caused by hazardous chemicals leaking from old or damaged appliances to the fire hazard caused by non-toxic waste such as yard waste. 

"We take illegal dumping very seriously," Conservation Officer Troy Hilts said.  

"It is important we all do our part to keep wildlife and people safe. Piling up 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 can include in your report, the more likely it will lead to a conviction." 

In addition to the environmental and health consequences of illegal dumping, there are also hefty fines. These fines include: 

  • Fines for littering start at $580 (individual) and $1,400 (corporation). In more severe cases, a court appearance may be necessary. The responsible parties would also be required to clean up the materials and dispose of them at a permitted waste disposal site at their cost.  

  • Additionally, under the Municipal Refuse Management Regulations, it is unlawful to establish a waste disposal ground without a permit - resulting in a $580 fine for the responsible party.  

  • It is also against the law to leave out attractants, like food waste, for bears, wolves, cougars and coyotes. Failure to manage attractants can result in fines under The Wildlife Regulations, 1981. 


The issue of illegal dumping is also addressed by the province's Solid Waste Management Strategy, which aims to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills.  

What you can do: 

  • Dispose responsibly: Use designated waste disposal sites and recycling facilities. 

  • Don't burn waste: Burning plastic releases chemicals into the air we all breathe - 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, please call the TIPP line at 1-800-667-7561. 

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