Illegal dumping is a form of littering, but the amount of material is greater, usually more than one (1) cubic foot. Includes depositing of garbage, litter or other items:
· on private property, without the property owner’s permission.
How to report illegal dumping
1. To report illegal dumping on public or private property, dial 3-1-1 or call 612-673-3000.
2. If you see illegal dumping in progress, call 9-1-1 and report it as a crime in progress.
3. Never confront an illegal dumper. Instead, write down details like the description of the person, type of vehicle, vehicle markings, a license plate number, or look through the illegally dumped material for identifying information such as post-marked mail. Provide this information when reporting the crime.
What happens after my report?
Reports of illegal dumping on private property are handled by the Division of Solid Waste and Recycling. Solid Waste and Recycling will:
· provide low or no-cost disposal options.
· provide prevention tips and/or refer victims to their Crime Prevention Specialist for information.
· collect evidence and photograph debris.
· process and validate evidence for use in identifying the violator and pursuing enforcement actions.
· A license plate number and vehicle description of the vehicle used to haul and dump the debris.
· Evidence is not required to report illegal dumping.
How is evidence validated?
Mail evidence is valid if:
· addressed to a person.
Vehicle evidence is valid if:
Who is responsible for clean-up?
Illegally dumped material becomes the responsibility of the property owner where the debris was dumped.
The Division of Solid Waste and Recycling will provide victims with disposal options. In rare cases, clean-up services are provided to victims of illegal dumping if evidence is provided, the evidence is determined to be valid, and can be used to identify and contact the violator.
How can I stop illegal dumping?
· Keep your garbage, recycling and organics carts in your garage or yard until collection day.
· Use flood or motion detector lighting along your alley line, or in your yard.
· Keep your property clean. Illegal dumpers are more likely to add to existing trash.
· Keep your neighborhood tidy. Organize or support a community clean-up event, or consider participating in the Adopt-A-Block or Adopt-A-Street/Highway program.
· Talk to your neighbors. Start a neighborhood watch program in your area.
· Hire only reputable contractors and waste haulers. Insist on transfer station receipts before making your final payment.
· Contact your Crime Prevention Specialist for additional prevention details by calling 3-1-1 or call 612-673-3000. Ask to be connected with the Crime Prevention Specialist for your neighborhood.
Last updated Aug 23, 2017