Illegally dumped trash is more than just an eyesore! It is expensive to clean up, it negatively impacts our quality of life and economic development, and the plastic debris may end up in our waterways and oceans.
It is unlawful to dump any waste on property that is not licensed as a disposal facility. Illegal dumpers are subject to fines and impoundment of vehicles.
Help Stop Illegal Dumping
To report materials that have been illegally dumped or "junk" set out on the wrong day, use Metro311 or 574-5000.
If you WITNESSED A PERSON illegal dumping and have information (pictures, license plate #, etc.), please report it on our new online form.
Don't contribute to the problem!
- If you hire someone to dispose waste for you, ask to see their Waste Hauler License and do not pay without a disposal receipt. Properly disposing of truck loads of materials costs at least $50 - if you're charged less than that, be suspicious. Perpetrators will often take your money and illegally dump your items to avoid the disposal fee. Drop off up to three household items for free at the Waste Reduction Center. (Disposal fees may apply for additional items.)
- Only set out junk or bulky items during your scheduled set out period. Residents in the Urban Services District can sign up for set out reminders using the Recycle Coach app. Residents outside of the Urban Services District should call their contracted waste hauler for information.
Tips to Prevent Illegal Dumping on your Property
- Keep your property well lit and clear of overgrown trees and shrubs.
- Monitor your property - the presence of illegally dumped materials or bulky items set out too early attracts additional dumping.
- Install security cameras - send your video or photos anonymously to us and enforcement officers can use identifying information to catch the perpetrator.