Illegal dumping is the depositing of material on public or private property without the consent of the owner. As the most common type of environmental crime, it is a significant cause of environmental degradation. It has a negative economic impact on the community and has been linked to increases in other types of crime. Through several programs, including education, enforcement and abatement, the City works to clean up this problem.
Prevent illegal dumping in your neighborhood with these tips:
- Create a sense of activity on the block so dumpers stay away
- Be mindful of vulnerable areas such as dead-end streets, vacant lots, abandoned buildings and parking lots, and keep an eye on them
- Contact the Police Department and ask officers to spend more time driving by vulnerable areas
- Talk to your neighbors and share information about how to report illegal dumping (i.e., complete description of the person, vehicle, items dumped, etc.)
- Organize a block watch club – for more information, call the Neighborhood Services Division, 816-513-3200
Types of material illegally dumped
Waste reduction and waste management services and resources are available to help residents. Click the following links for information about how to safely and properly manage the following kinds of solid waste.
For more information about solid waste disposal, call the 3-1-1 Action Center, 816-513-1313 or 311.