Illegal Dumping

Q: What are municipalities doing about illegal dumping?
A: It is illegal to knowingly dump or discharge pollutants into storm drain systems and local ordinances can impose significant penalties on the perpetrators if they are caught.

Q: I see people dumping their used oil into storm drains all the time. What can I do?
A: Dumping used oil is illegal. One gallon of motor oil can pollute 250,000 gallons of drinking water. Visit our Members & Sponsors page and select the appropriate municipal member link to report a problem.

Q: What happens if I see a neighbor, or know someone who's throwing trash into a storm drain?
A: Storm drains are for the sole purpose for rainwater overflow. Dumping trash, pollutants and debris in the catch basins is illegal and is a federal violation of the Clean Water Act of 1972 as well as local ordinances. If it's a neighbor, they may not understand the catch basin's direct connection to our waterways. If you feel comfortable speaking with your neighbor, it may be just a matter of informing them and making them aware of its environmental impact. Alternately, you may report the problem by visiting our Members & Sponsors page and select the appropriate municipal member link.

Q: I have some paint/thinners/chemicals at home that need to be disposed of. Where can I take these?
A: Various local communities have household hazardous waste (HHW) collection programs. Visit our Members & Sponsors page and select the appropriate municipal member link to get more information on HHW programs in your community.

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