Plan a Community Clean-up

Organize a Community Cleanup

Community Cleanup

How to Organize a Community Cleanup Event

Big or small, a community cleanup is a great way to support your community. A community cleanup helps to stop illegal dumping and keeps our region's lands and waters healthy and clean.

Before the Event
  • Contact the landowner to receive permission to do the cleanup.
  • Conduct a site survey to identify potential hazards and types of materials. 
  • Contact RDN Solid Waste Services to have your tipping fees waived.
Day of the Event
  • Orientate volunteers to the cleanup site, specifically the hazards such as sharps and biological materials. 
  • Whenever possible, separate recyclables like metal, wood or yard and garden waste from garbage for easy drop-off.
  • Haul the sorted materials to the pre-arranged RDN Disposal Facility - Ask the scalehouse for the final tonnage to know how much you collected. 
  • Take pictures of your efforts, share them on social media and tag the #RDN


Community cleanup Safety

General Guidelines
  • Stick to a defined cleanup location.
  • Have a set work period, including check-ins at regular intervals and a check-in at the end of work shift. 
  • Work in pairs.If working alone, volunteers should have access to an electronic device for communication, such as a phone, radio or personal alarm. 
  • Ensure minors are supervised by adults.
  • Watch for vehicles and walk facing traffic.
  • Avoid the use of headphones.
  • Use safe lifting practices for heavier items.
  • Establish a muster point where first aid kits and emergency numbers should be located for easy access for everyone. 
Hazards to Consider
  • Busy roads or excessive traffic.
  • Fast flowing or deep water.
  • Steep banks, drops, and large holes.
  • Metal, wood waste, and yard/garden waste.
  • Bulky and heavy objects.
  • Broken glass and other sharp objects.
  • Animal carcasses, excessive animal waste.
  • Syringes and drug paraphernalia.
  • Hazardous waste: Contact the RDN for safe disposal. 
Basic Supplies for a Safe Cleanup
  • First Aid Kit
  • Garbage Bags
  • Cut-resistant gloves
  • High-visibility safety vests
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Sturdy closed-toed shoes (no sandals)
  • Garbage pickers and/or shovels
  • Vehicle for hauling cleanup materials
  • Rigid container(s) for sharps and other hazardous items


Waiving Tipping Fees

The RDN wants to support your community cleanup by providing free disposal at the Regional Landfill or Church Road Transfer Station. To have your tipping fees waived - apply to the RDN at least five business days before your community cleanup with the following details to Phone: 250-390-6560 or Email: zerowaste [at]

  • Your Organization's name
  • Contact person first and last name
  • Contact person phone number
  • Contact person email address
  • Date of the cleanup event
  • Location of the cleanup event
  • Location of material drop off - Regional Landfill or Church Road Transfer Station
  • Vehicle description and license plate of the vehicle dropping off the material


Safe Sharps Disposal

If you come across needles, syringes or sharps, please contact Island Health for more information on how to dispose of these items safely.



Contact Our Department

zerowaste [at] (zerowaste[at]rdn[dot]bc[dot]ca)

Ph: 250-390-6560