The Ontario Government has launched a new online tool the public can use to report incidences of pollution, right from a smartphone. The digital option of reporting allows users to submit photos and videos in their reports. Members of the public can visit the Report Pollution website and fill out a form if they witness pollution like solvents, oils, fuels or chemicals dumped on land, in the water, or even dispersed in the air. Reports regarding industrial or commercial noise pollution are also welcome through this portal, as are reports of improper disposal of commercial waste.
Users can even report waste being dumped into the natural environment, like the 60 bags of garbage that were found at the side of the road in Oro-Medonte on Tuesday.
“Our government takes environmental violations very seriously and has zero-tolerance for illegal polluters — and we know the people of Ontario are eager to do their part to protect our environment,” said Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. “With your help, we can hold polluters accountable and ensure compliance with the environmental laws we have in place to protect our air, land and water for generations to come.”
Users can also create a secure account so they can receive real-time status updates on the incident after it’s been reported.