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Illegal Dumping 

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:   

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: 

Acceptable Evidence:



How is evidence validated?


Mail evidence is valid if: 

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?




Last updated Mar 12, 2020



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