California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Partnership 2000

Bureaucracy of Illegal Dumping Programs

Ken Stuart, Director of Environmental Health
Contra Costa Environmental Health

I. Illegal Dumping Clean-up Costs - FY 02-03 (Unincorporated Areas of Contra Costa County)

Public Works Department - $1,045,713
Building Inspection Department - $150,000
Community Development Department - $25,660
Environmental Health Division - $133,650
General Services Department - $670,000
Housing Authority - $120,000 (estimate)
Hazardous Materials Division – $80,000 (estimate)
Sheriff’s Department – $170,000 (estimate)

Total: $2,395,023

II. Illegal Dumper Caught in Act

  1. Citation Authority (Infraction) – Sheriff’s Office, Environmental Health, Building Inspection have authority*
  2. Administrative Fines – 1st offense = $100; 2nd offense = $200; 3rd offense = $500 + Administrative Costs for each offense*
  3. Vehicle Impoundment – City of Riverside, Oakland

III. County Initiates or Performs Abatement

  1. Clean and Lien on Private Property*
  2. Public agency pick-up
    1. Public Works – on streets
    2. General Services – on rights of way
    3. Housing Authority – on Authority property
  3. Abandoned Vehicles – Sheriff/Highway Patrol
  4. Franchisee Special Clean-ups – 2x/year
  5. Waste Tire Program – Environmental Health
  6. Community Clean-up Days –all properties

IV. Prevention of Illegal Dumping

  1. Fencing of “Hot Spot” properties (repeat offenses)*
  2. Mail notification to individuals on mailing labels found illegally dumped
  3. Surveillance cameras (under consideration)
  4. Keep America Beautiful- public education
  5. Publication of contacts (Community Development)

V. Regulatory Programs

  1. Waste Hauler Permits*
  2. Mandatory Refuse Collection Programs – order and lien*
  3. Conditional Use Permit – Franchisee required to clean 5 days/week along routes to landfill
  4. Waste Tire Program – prevent illegal disposal

VI. Potential Changes

  1. Increased enforcement – Sheriff and District Attorney – Business Funding
  2. Change hours of landfill operation
  3. After hours collection facilities – key lock
  4. Vouchers – Seniors and/or handicapped
  5. Change traffic patterns
Last updated: August 31, 2005
LEA Conference, http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/LEA/Conference/
Melissa Hoover-Hartwick: Melissa.Hoover-Hartwick@calrecycle.ca.gov (916) 341-6813