How to stop illegal trash dumps

If you want to do something about a local illegal dump site, the law is on your side. Open dumping is illegal for a myriad of reasons, and there are things you can do to help prevent it.

You can report to local authorities to enforce whatever local ordinances that prohibit open dumping, or you can contact the appropriate DNR Regional Office (RO) and report a complaint.

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is committed to investigating citizen reports of illegal dumping, and there are complaint investigators in every RO.

If you would like to report illegal dumping, you can either call in, visit the RO, or file a report using the online complaint form. Photos would be particularly useful.5693012875_1aaf45b709_z

Typically, if you make an illegal dumping complaint to the RO, staff will investigate by coming out to the site and asking questions, taking pictures, etc. If staff thinks it is warranted, there is the possibility of installation of a surveillance camera to try to obtain evidence.

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