Illegal dumping is the disposing of waste in unauthorized or unpermitted areas. Illegal dumping is commonly found in uninhabited
desert areas, open lots, along roadways, in alleys and at construction sites. Most illegal dumping occurs to avoid either disposal fees at landfills
or the time and effort required for proper disposal.
Items illegally dumped may include: household garbage, business trash, construction and demolition waste, appliances, tires, furniture, landscape
and yard waste, mattresses, waste/used oil, chemicals and/or medical waste.
The Department investigates citizen's complaints of illegal dumping to protect the health of Maricopa county residents through Maricopa County
Environmental Health Code enforcement. The Department does not provide cleanup or collection services
What can be done about illegal dumping in Maricopa County?
Identify the exact location of the dumpsite. Identify the closest major cross streets. Try to identify the person or Company
that did the illegal dumping. Describe what is in the dumpsite.
**Do not enter or dig through the site**
If the dumpsite is within a City listed below, click on their web page and report it online or contact them by phone.
Illegal dumping in Maricopa County that is outside of city limits can be reported online to the Environmental Services Complaint Line
or by phone, either by calling (602) 506-6616 or 602-506-DUMP.
To help residents reduce the amount of waste deposited in illegal dumping sites and at local landfills, Maricopa County has several
household hazardous waste collection and recycling locations throughout the valley. For more information on Maricopa County waste and recycling
locations, please visit the following website, http://swm.maricopa.gov/resources.htm.