Debris Concerns

Debris and Anti-Littering By-law Information 219-85
The purpose of the Debris and Anti-Littering By-law is to prohibit the accumulation of litter and debris on all City or private property as well as requiring that dangerous situations such as open pits and wells be protected, filled or drained.It is an offence under the By-law for any private property owner to allow litter and debris to accumulate on private property.

It is an offence to dump any debris on private property without the consent of the property owner or to dump debris on any City property without the consent of the City.

If you come across illegal dumping, garbage or debris in Mississauga you can report litter or dumping online or by calling
3-1-1 (905-615-4311 outside Mississauga).

Private property owners who are or have experienced problems with illegal dumping are encouraged to take steps to protect their property from such occurrences. These steps may include posting "No Dumping" signs or prohibiting access to the property (i.e. vacant properties or properties that are closed overnight).

This By-law also requires that areas on private property with an accumulation of water that is a health or safety hazard be filled or drained. This does not apply to natural ponds or water courses. Further, any dangerous area on a property such as an open pit or well that could constitute a hazard to any person shall be drained or filled in immediately.

In the event that a property owner fails to comply with the provisions of this By-law, City staff have the authority to take whatever action is required to remove the debris or fill in or drain a dangerous area or accumulation of water. Any costs associated with City forces undertaking any work will be applied to the tax rolls for the subject property.

The maximum fine for non-compliance with the By-law is $5,000.

For information on how you or your organization can volunteer to adopt a street or park through the City's LitterNot program contact By-law Enforcement at 3-1-1 (Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.). If calling outside of City limits, please dial 905-615-4311.

This information is for convenience and quick reference only. For specific information or to register a complaint, contact the By-law Enforcement office at 3-1-1 (Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.). If calling outside of City limits, please dial 905-615-4311. For an emergency after hours, from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. weekends and holidays, please call 905-615-3000. 

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