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Environmental Services

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

Illegal DumpingTo report any of the following problems, please use the City's Get It Done app or contact the Environmental Services Department at 858-694-7000, Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • 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 right-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. UPDATE: Reporting scavenging is currently unavailable due to impacted services.
  • Trash containers left in the public right-of-way beyond collection hours (Bins 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 right-of-way (encroaching sidewalks, parkways, streets or alleys).
  • Wooden newspaper recycling boxes on public right-of-way.
  • Unattended shopping carts, personal belongings and waste on public right-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).