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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
Developing a proper solid waste management system with legitimate options for recycling and disposal is a community’s first step towards preventing illegal dumping. Local governments are required by Mississippi Law to plan and implement an adequate solid waste management system. MDEQ works with local governments to develop comprehensive solid waste management plans that ensure the adequacy of local systems for managing solid wastes.
MDEQ provides grant support and technical support to local governments to help develop these solid waste plans and systems that provide local residents and businesses with options for proper management and disposal of solid wastes. Having accessible options for recycling and disposal of solid wastes locally is important if a community is going to prevent illegal dumping from occurring.
Establishing Local Enforcement Programs & Personnel
Maintaining an Effective Local Process
Develop a Local Clean Up Program
Public Outreach and Education
Air Quality Issues Associated with Illegal Dumping