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Illegal Dumping, Litter, and Scavenging

What Are Waste-Related Violations And How Can I Report Them?

There are many other reasons that citizens contact Environmental Services Solid Waste Code Enforcement. To report any of the following problems, please contact Solid Waste Code Enforcement by calling the Environmental Services Department at 858-694-7000 Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., or submit a Trash/Litter/Recycling Service Request.

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  • Waste and litter on private property (trash, junk, debris scattered on occupied or unoccupied properties)

  • Waste and litter on City property (trash and debris on undeveloped rights of way or on City-owned land)

  • No lids on dumpsters and/or trash cans

  • Overflowing dumpsters, recycling bins/boxes and trash cans

  • Trash containers left in the public rights-of-way beyond collection hours (Cans may be placed at collection point after 6 p.m., the day before collection, and must be removed by 6 p.m., the day of collection; except for the downtown central traffic district)

  • Dumpsters encroaching the public rights-of-way (encroaching sidewalks, parkways, streets or alleys)

  • Wooden newspaper recycling boxes on public rights-of-way (wooden boxes, generally with no ID which have been illegally placed on public rights of way)

  • Unattended shopping carts, personal belongings and waste on public rights of way

  • Franchise violations (e.g. waste haulers collecting in residential areas prior to 6 a.m., non-licensed haulers collecting in City limits, damaged dumpsters, uncovered loads)

  • Recycling contamination (recycling containers filled with trash/unacceptable recyclable items)