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

There are many reasons that citizens contact the City's Environmental Services Department Solid Waste Code Enforcement Division. To report any of the following problems, please use the City of San Diego's Get It Done app (hyperlinks provided below) or contact the Environmental Services Department at 858-694-7000 Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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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
  • Scavenging of trash or recycling containers is illegal and can be reported by using the City's Get It Done feature
  • 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 on 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
  • 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)
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