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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.

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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

Announcements

Free Dump Day at Waste Management of Lancaster - In an effort to curb illegal dumping, Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich in partnership with Waste Management Inc. present this event for residents in the unincorporated areas of Antelope Valley, to take up to one ton of trash, including furniture, appliances, and certain electronic waste, free of charge, to Waste Management of Lancaster (Lancaster Landfill) on October 11, 2014. Please click here for more information.

If 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. If you are an iPhone user, you may download the CartSnap application to report abandoned shopping carts.

DEHSART DEHSART 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 http://dpw.lacounty.gov/theWorks/

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