Frequent Questions

How do I report illegal dumping in my community?

Contacting your state environmental agency directly could be your first step, as they may have a reporting form or hotline to call to report illegal dumping activities or sites.

The Illegal Dumping Prevention Guidebook (PDF) (31 pp, 85 KB, About PDF) may also be a helpful resource because:

  • it provides an overview of what illegal dumping means.
  • it is based on a study of upper Midwest U.S. communities.
  • it gives guidance on developing a prevention program.
  • it includes success stories.

You can also report suspected environmental violations online. Information you submit will be forwarded to EPA environmental enforcement personnel or other appropriate regulatory authority.

The Waste Frequent Questions portal provides answers on other garbage and disposal topics, or you can submit a question directly to their subject experts.

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