Illegal Dumping

If you see an illegal dumpsite in Washoe County, call 329.DUMP.

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful works with the Washoe County Sheriffs Office to reduce illegal dumping. With your help, law enforcement can identify problem areas, and take measures to stop dumping in reported areas. The more reports of illegal dumpsites we have, the more resources can be dedicated to this problem!

You can also report illegal dumping within the City of Reno using the City of Reno iPhone application.

If you see illegal dumping in progress, here’s what to do. Do not engage or approach illegal dumpers, but do try to get any identifying information — license plate numbers, make and model of vehicles — so law enforcement can identify and apprehend offenders. Photos of sites and any identifying information are also very helpful, but do not remove any items. Illegal dumping carries a heavy fine, but we need your help to identify the perpetrators.

Here’s a form to help gather information at an illegal dumpsite. If there is a place you care about where you notice continual dumping, consider adopting that spot.

There are many alternatives to illegal dumping.

  • Take advantage of Waste Management’s Residential Dump Days. Residential Dump Days are held quarterly. Call Waste Management for dates: 329.8822.
  • Check the KTMB Recycling Guide. Our Recycling Guide includes information on where to take household hazardous waste, electronics, yard waste and more.
  • Many large appliances (“white metal”) can be recycled free. You might even get paid for it. Again, check the KTMB Recycling Guide for more information about where to take your large appliances.
  • Check with local charities to find out if they need your old couch/TV/car. Many charities have resale stores in area, and are happy to have donations. If you have large items, call first to make sure they need what you have.
  • Think about the cost of disposal when you buy new items. Many people resort to illegal dumping because they think they cannot afford the cost of disposal. Next time you make a purchase (large or small), consider how you will dispose of that item when it is no longer useful. Many industries are already figuring the cost of disposal/recycling into the price of electronics, and the practice is becoming more widespread.

Keep in mind that the places you take unwanted items are businesses, and disposing of your items costs them time and money. When we pay to dispose of dangerous chemicals, we are supporting a cleaner, safer community. Find out more about the Illegal Dumping Task Force.

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