Illegal waste disposal is a persistent and costly problem with a large negative environmental impact. By analysing some of the underlying causes of this practice, and some potential solutions from other jurisdictions, this study examines policy options to reduce the incidence of, and the harm caused by, illegal dumping in the Metro Vancouver region. The economics of illegal dumping and the various governmental positions on the issue provide a theoretical and practical basis for the research. A literature review and in-depth stakeholder interviews enrich the research by identifying gaps in the current waste management policy approach. A look at solutions and practices from other jurisdictions contribute to the analysis by identifying potential policy options the Metro Vancouver Region could employ. Ultimately, a refinement and improvement of current programs is recommended that relies on the existing municipal infrastructures and management systems. The recommended options could be implemented in partnership with individual municipal governments and other actors including the Metro Vancouver regional authority.
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Thesis advisor: Richards, John
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