CONTRA COSTA COUNTY    

1-800-No-Dumping (800-663-8674)

The links below are intended to provide guidance regarding who to contact to report illegal dumping and other garbage related complaints.  

How to report...
Illegal Dumping as it Occurs
Potentially Hazardous Material Spill or Dumping
Debris on Public Roads
Debris in Creeks
Debris on Private Property or Vacant Lot
Lack of Garbage Service
Unresolved Garbage/Recycling Collection Company Complaints

The links below are intended to provide guidance regarding the options available to properly discard your unwanted items.

How should I get rid of...
Construction & demolition debris
(recyclable building debris that is sorted by material type is generally accepted by more facilities and often at a lower cost; all permitted disposal facilities in the County accept non-hazardous building debris and some even provide for recycling)
Couches & Mattresses  
(most used couches and mattresses are not accepted for reuse, so either take them to a permitted disposal facility or call your garbage company to see what they would charge for a special bulky pick-up) 
Electronics (broken/non-working)  
(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) 
Household garbage  
(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)
Motor oil or Oil filters
Reusable items (good condition)  
(bubble wrap, packing peanuts, working electronics, building materials, clothing, books, furniture, etc.)
Tires  
(most tire retailers accept used tires for a fee, additionally they are accepted at permitted disposal facilities)
Toxic household & gardening products  
(paint, chemicals, fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, antifreeze, pesticides, etc.)
Yard debris or Wood (untreated)
Other recyclable items  
(entire alphabetical listing of recyclable material types)

Illegal Dumping as it Occurs

If you witness illegal dumping as it is occurs, make sure to dial 9-1-1 immediately and report all relevant details (date/time, location, description of vehicle and driver, etc.) so that law enforcement can investigate.  


Potentially Hazardous Material Spill or Dumping

To report potentially hazardous materials which have been dumped or spilled, contact the County Health Services Department - Hazardous Materials Division at 925-646-2286 (during business hours) or 925-646-1112 (24-hour hotline for emergencies only).


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 County Public Works Department - Road Maintenance Division at 925-313-7000.


Debris in Creeks

To report debris that has been dumped into a creek call the Contra Costa Clean Water Program  hotline at 1-800-No-Dumping.  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).

If the debris is located on private property within the unincorporated area, contact the County Building Inspection Division - Code Enforcement at 925-674-7210 or the County Health Services Department - Environmental Health Division at 925-692-2500.

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 Building Inspection Division's Code Enforcement Complaint Form (PDF file) 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.  The Environmental Health Complaint Form can be submitted on-line.


Lack of Garbage Service

Garbage service is mandatory for all occupied residences located within the unincorporated areas (County Code Chapter 418-6), unless an exemption has been granted by the Health Officer.  Additionally, some of the cities have made garbage service mandatory.  To report a residence that does not have garbage service, call the County Health Services Department - Environmental Health Division at 925-692-2500 or complete the on-line Environmental Health Complaint Form.


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 County Community Development Department at 925-674-7203 and you will be referred to the appropriate governmental agency in your area.


What is the County currently doing about Illegal Dumping

Sites used for illegal dumping vary but may include abandoned industrial, residential, or commercial buildings; vacant lots on public or private property; and infrequently used alleys or roadways. Because of their accessibility and poor lighting, areas along rural roads and railways are particularly vulnerable. Illegal dumping can occur at any time of day but is more common at night or in the early morning hours during warmer months.  If not addressed illegal dumps often attract more waste, potentially hazardous wastes such as asbestos, household chemicals and paints, automotive fluids, and commercial or industrial wastes.  

Offenders can include: construction, demolition, remodeling, roofing, or landscaping contractors, general hauling contractors, operators of junkyards, automobile repair or tire shops, scrap collectors, local residents and "do-it-yourselfers".  A resident may dump wastes that did not get picked up by local waste haulers, such as bulky items, carpeting, or household hazardous wastes.  Dump sites serve as magnets for additional dumping and other criminal activities.  In many cases, illegal dumpers are breaking other laws relating to vehicle licensing, insurance, drug possession or theft.

The costs to local government and industry associated with continuous clearing of illegally dumped wastes are significant.  In recent years the County has spent up to one million dollars per year on cleanup, hauling, and disposal associated with illegal dumping. Without adequate revenue, the funding available to establish and maintain effective illegal dumping prevention programs is limited. These costs may be passed along to residents in the form of higher service fees or property taxes.

For detailed information regarding activities the County has undertaken to combat illegal dumping, please see the below Illegal Dumping Task Force Report to the Board of Supervisors and related attachments.

All below documents are PDF files (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Board Order (June 2004)
Attachment I:  Board Order dated 10/15/2003
Attachment II: Memorandum Regarding PWD/GSD
Attachment III: Memorandum Regarding Hauler Permits
Attachment IV: Memorandum Regarding Mandatory Subscription
Attachment V: Recycling Guide  (Sample - OLD) (Final Version - 2005)
Attachment VI: North Richmond Map

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TO CONTACT US:

Phone: 925-674-7203
Fax: 925-674-7250
County Recycling Hotline: 1 (800) 750-4096 -or- cccrecycle@yahoo.com

Contra Costa County Department of Conservation & Development
30 Muir Road
Martinez, CA 94553

This website is provided for information purposes only and is not meant to be exclusive or exclusionary in any way.  Information on this website should not be construed as a recommendation or endorsement by the County.  The County does not vouch for the capabilities, trustworthiness or performance of any individual, business or institution listed on this website.  Although we strive to provide a comprehensive listing of reuse and recycling options, it should not be regarded as complete with respect to the services, institutions or products it lists.  The County is not liable for errors or omissions and can not guarantee the accuracy of information regarding materials accepted, services or other details.   

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