Report Illegal Dumping
Report Illegal Dumping in the Act:
925-646-2441 (Sheriff's non-emergency line)
Report Illegal Dumping for Clean-Up:
925-313-7000 (Public Works) or on the Mobile Citizen App
The links below are intended to provide guidance regarding who to contact to report illegal dumping and other garbage related complaints.
Illegal Dumping as it Occurs
If you witness illegal dumping as it is occurs, make sure to call local law enforcement (for unincorporated areas, call the Sheriff's non-emergency number, 925-646-2441) immediately and report all relevant details (date/time, location, description of vehicle and driver, etc.) to allow for appropriate follow-up in the most timely manner.
Potentially Hazardous Material Spill or Dumping
Debris on Public Roads
To report debris that has been dumped on a public road, it is important to first identify whether the section of road is within a city or in the unincorporated area of the County.
- If the debris is located on a public road within a city, contact that city (links to the city websites are included at the bottom of this page).
- If the debris is located on a public road within the unincorporated area, contact the at 925-313-7000.
Debris in Creeks
Contra Costa County, nineteen of its incorporated cities and the Contra Costa Flood Control & Water Conservation District joined together to form the Contra Costa Clean Water program (CCCWP). The CCCWP strives to eliminate stormwater pollution through public education, inspection and enforcement activities and industrial outreach.
Debris on Private Property or Vacant Lot
If the debris is located on property within a city, contact that city (links to the city websites are included at the bottom of this page).
The County Building Inspection Department takes the following actions in response to complaints of illegal dumping on vacant lots:
- (a) notify other County Departments of dumping as needed depending on the type of waste,
- (b) send written notice to the property owners requiring them to remove the waste from their property, and
- (c) if owner neglects to do so in prescribed time period, abate the dumping nuisance and recover the cost of abatement with a tax lien on the property. Additionally, the County Building Inspection Department administers the County's ordinance that allows the County to initiate the process to fence vacant lots that have had repeated instances of illegal dumping. The is available on-line.
The County Health Services Department - Environmental Health Division takes the following actions in response to complaints of illegal dumping and/or storage of garbage and debris on private property:
- (a) send written notice to the property owners requiring them to remove the waste from their property,
- (b) if owner neglects to do so in prescribed time period, abate the dumping nuisance and recover the cost of abatement with a tax lien on the property and
- (c) notify other enforcement agencies if multi-jurisdictional concerns have been identified.
Lack of Garbage Service
Garbage service is mandatory for all occupied residences located within the unincorporated areas , unless an exemption has been granted by the Health Officer. Additionally, some of the cities have made garbage service mandatory.
Unresolved Garbage/Recycling Collection Company Complaints
If you are unable to resolve a service complaint with your garbage/recycling collection company, you can contact the at 925-655-2703 and you will be referred to the appropriate government agency in your area.
How should I get rid of...
Many consumer electronics, including all TVs & computer monitors, have been deemed as Universal Waste and are banned from landfill disposal in California due to their potentially toxic characteristics.
Before paying for extra disposal, make sure to recycle everything you can through your curbside recycling service and call your garbage company to find out about the one or more annual free extra waste pick-ups provided to households in most areas.
Most tire retailers accept used tires for a fee, additionally they are accepted at permitted disposal facilities.
Paint, chemicals, fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, antifreeze, pesticides, etc.