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Do Your Part - Report Illegally Dumped Items for Pickup! - Hey, LA County residents let's work together to stop illegal dumping and keep our communities clean. Approximately 14,000 tons of items are illegally dumped per year within our unincorporated communities. Call 1-888-8Dumping (1-888-838-6746) to report and have illegally dumped items picked up, or for more information. Click here to see what Clippers great Lamond Murray has to say or let former Dodgers all-star Adrian Gonzalez show you how it is done!

What is Illegal Dumping?

Illegal dumping is any unauthorized disposal of waste on any public or private property. Usually, people dump illegally to avoid collection and disposal fees, or because they believe proper disposal is just "too much trouble." Click on the links to the left for resources and more information to combat this ongoing problem.

An illegal dumpsite

Why is Illegal Dumping a Serious Problem for the Community?

There are three reasons: money, health, and the environment.

Specifically, illegal dumping:

  • Is a community eyesore

  • Decreases neighborhood property values

  • Costs taxpayers millions of dollars in clean-up costs

  • Negatively impacts plants and wildlife

  • Poses safety hazards to people, especially children

  • Provides a breeding ground for disease carrying rodents, insects and other vermin

  • Disrupts natural land and water processes and ruins wildlife habitat

  • Pollutes surface and ground water

  • In general, lowers the quality of life for L.A. County's residents


NewFree Mattress Recycling Collection Events in the Antelope Valley
Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, in partnership with the Antelope Valley Illegal Dumping Task Force, will host three free mattress collection/recycling events in the Antelope Valley. Residents may drop off up to 10 mattresses/box springs at three County Public Works Yards on the following dates: September 29 (Quartz Hill), October 6 (Lancaster), and October 13 (Littlerock). Only mattresses and box springs will be accepted -- no other type of bulky items. For event details, please click here.

New For the Antelope Valley Illegal Dumping Task Force (AVIDTF) community events calendar for October through December 2018, please click here.

shopping cartIf you see an abandoned shopping cart, you may report it to the California Shopping Cart Retrieval Corporation at (800) 252-4613, by email, or online.

DEHSARTDEHSART is a project of Hinterculture which is an Antelope Valley eco-art program that received a grant from the Antelope Valley Illegal Dumping Task Force in March of 2013 to combine prevention, awareness, and outreach through artistic engagement and environmental education surrounding the issue of illegal dumping in the High Desert region of Los Angeles County. The major sponsors were The Antelope Valley Illegal Dumping Task Force, Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich's Antelope Valley Office, Lockheed Martin, Waste Management, City of Lancaster, and City of Palmdale. Please click here to view a copy of the DEHSART report.

 Illegal dumping incidents can also be reported through The Works iPhone and Android application. This application offers a one-stop solution for County residents to report and track incidents of alleged illegal dumping and property violations. The free application can be downloaded at

Keep Antelope Valley Beautiful Billboard
Part of L.A. County's Anti-Illegal Dumping ad campaign.
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