Illegal Dumping Resources
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Filing an Illegal Dumping Complaint
For persons seeking to file a complaint regarding illegal dumping, illegal dumping can be reported as follows:
Contact your local enforcement agency or local Solid Waste Enforcement Officer for your county or municipality. If an officer is not listed for your county or municipality, we encourage you to contact another local enforcement agency such as your police department, sheriff's department, or local code enforcement office.
You may report your complaint to MDEQ. You may remain anonymous when you file an illegal dumping complaint with MDEQ. MDEQ Contact Number: 601-961-5171.
Remember you will need as much information as possible on the complaint site, including the following:
- The exact location where the dumping is occuring. (Most important)
- The responsible party, if known.
- The types of wastes involved.
- The problems you have noted or are experiencing.
- Information on the vehicle involved including the license plate number and description of the vehicle and person(s) involved.
- The date and time of the incident(s).
There are a variety of important components to a local program for the prevention of illegal dumping. The components include the following:
Implementation of an Adequate Solid Waste System
Establishing Local Enforcement Programs & Personnel
MDEQ encourages local governments to establish or designate a local solid waste enforcement officer or agency. Numerous local governments throughout the state have designated local enforcement personnel. A listing of these local officers can be found here.
These enforcement officers should have knowledge of state solid waste laws and regulations and of the local solid waste system and local options for waste management. The MDEQ Solid Waste Assistance Grants (SWAG) program can help fund salary support for local solid waste enforcement officers who are employed by local agencies or departments such as local sheriff’s offices, code enforcement offices, public works departments, road departments and other local agencies. The following links are provided to assist local Enforcement Personnel in understanding state laws and regulations and in developing an adequate local prevention and enforcement program:
Maintaining an Effective Local Process
Develop a Local Clean Up Program
Public Outreach and Education
Air Quality Issues Associated with Illegal Dumping