California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

LEA and Facility Operator Training:  Illegal Dumping Training Workshops, November 2000 - January 2001


Goals of the Workshop:

  • Provide useful tools to improve local jurisdictions' illegal dumping programs.
  • Brainstorm and provide recommendations to develop effective statewide enforcement tools.
  • Provide a networking opportunity for local enforcement agency staff (LEAs), code enforcement, public works, law enforcement, and other agencies that share responsibility for resolving illegal dumping issues.

Nature of the Problem: Welcome exercise. What is illegal dumping vs. an illegal disposal site?

Creative Surveillance and ComplianceFind out what surveillance and compliance techniques work in various jurisdictions and why they have been successful.

  • Within the context of a typical illegal dumping scenario, attendees shared their experiences regarding compliance and surveillance tools that work and those that don't. The scenario and the questions each group discussed, along with the combined answers from all the workshops, are provided.

Investigative Techniques: This is a culmination of discussions with different district attorneys, county counsels, and enforcement agencies working in the field. Discover what it takes to successfully prosecute illegal dumpers.

  • State statute citations (penalties, infraction vs. misdemeanor).
  • Problems or loopholes in current statutes.
  • What county ordinances have been successful?
  • Illegal nuisance dumping vs. an illegal disposal site.
  • Sample ordinance language.
  • Gaining support from your counsel.
  • What does your counsel need to prosecute?
  • Model task list on how to develop a case file (photos, video, documentation, interviews, mail, license plate numbers, etc.).

Local Jurisdiction: Setting-up an infrastructure to tackle illegal dumping. Review unique local solutions to illegal dumping.

  • Initiating local programs.
  • How to obtain voluntary compliance.
  • Legal strategies for remediation.
  • Public funded cleanup.
  • Promoting community involvement.

Finding a Solution: Find out what local jurisdictions believe are the roadblocks to preventing illegal dumping in their area. Also discussed are potential solutions to the "roadblocks".

  • Small group discussion on potential solutions for effective statewide enforcement.
  • Develop recommendations.

Clean Up, Prevention, and Maintenance:

  • Funding resources.
  • Creative recycling methods to save money (cost estimates).
  • Use of volunteers and inexpensive labor.
  • Health and safety issues.
  • Handling procedures for various waste types (white goods, abandoned vehicles, tires, household hazardous waste, etc.).

Illegal Dumping Training

Last updated: January 10, 2005
LEA Training,
Martin Perez: (916) 323-0834