Illegal dumping occurs when a person places or dumps refuse on or in any public or private street, public right of way, gutter, sidewalk or riverbank. The Sacramento Regional SWA has allocated additional funding towards increasing efficacy of illegal dumping response, which involves numerous City and County agencies.
Reporting illegal dumping
Call 311 if you witness a dumping incident in the City or County.
Be sure to note information like a description of the person, the location they came from or returned to, make/model/color of vehicle if applicable, and the precise dumping location. You can remain anonymous, but by providing as much detail as possible will expedite the process.
Report illegal dumping online:
City's Online Illegal Dumping Reporting Site
County's illegal Dumping Reporting Site
If you witness and report illegal dumping or have information that leads to a citation or arrest of the violator, you may be eligible for a reward through the City of Sacrament's Illegal Dumping Reward Program or the Sacramento County Illegal Dumping Reward Program.
- If you live in the City of Sacramento, you can schedule two free appointments per year for the free pickup of acceptable bulky items. Visit the City's Household Junk Pickup page for more information.
- If you live in the unincorporated Sacramento County, you can schedule one free appointment per year for the free pickup of acceptable bulky items. Visit the County's Bulky Waste Collection Service page for more information.
- The Cash for Trash Disposal Rebate Program encourages cleanup efforts in Property Business Improvement District (PBID) commercial areas. Under the program, the SWA will reimburse registered PBIDs with disposal costs associated with the collection of illegally dumped materials within the City of Sacramento and the unincorporated areas of the County of Sacramento. Follow this link to learn more about the program: Cash for Trash Disposal Rebate Program.
- The County Neighborhood Clean-up Program offers dump fee rebates for non-profit cleanup efforts. Send us an email for more information.
- Street Can Collection Service: In 2017, SWA implemented a program for collecting street litter in commercial areas. Litter containers were purchased and installed for the purpose of serving the Downtown and Midtown PBIDS in early 2017. In November 2017, the Board approved the expansion of the program, using blue recycling containers obtained through a CalRecycle grant for the collection of beverage containers. The program will be further expanded to Stockton Boulevard, Watt Avenue, and the Power Inn Alliance area.
- Cleanup Service (currently under development.) Contracts are being finalized with County Probation and the Sacramento Conservation Corps to increase response to cleanup of sites.
The true cost of illegal dumping
- Property Values decline.
- Unreported illegal dumping often results in more illegal dumping.
- Illegally dumped material can become a breeding ground for vectors, such as mice, rats and mosquitoes which can spread diseases such as encephalitis, Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome and West Nile Disease.
- Illegal dumping is hazardous to the environment. From refrigerators to tires to auto parts to televisions, many contain heavy metals and other toxins.
- Illegal dumping piles pose a traffic hazard when left in the public right-of-way.
- Decaying garbage and yard debris create unpleasant odors and harm our environment.
- Illegal dumping costs taxpayers money. In 2017, illegal dumping cost the County tax and rate payers more than $825,000.