Illegal Dumping

What is Illegal Dumping?

Illegal dumping is the unauthorized disposal of waste on any public or private property. People typically dump illegally to avoid collection and disposal fees, or because they do not want to spend the time or effort disposing or recycling their waste properly. With all of the free/affordable and convenient waste disposal opportunities available to residents and businesses in the Salinas Valley, there really is NO EXCUSE for illegal dumping. Yet, somehow waste materials are still dumped along roadsides and in remote areas, only to attract additional dumping in the future.

Common items that are illegally dumped include:

How to Report Illegal Dumping

If you observe the person(s) in the act of illegally dumping record the following:

  • License plate number and description of the vehicle,
  • Person(s) involved,
  • Date and time of the incident, and
  • Exact location.
  • Do not approach the person(s).

Contact the Police department immediately or Monterey County Sheriff’s Office Non-Emergency Communication Center (Please be advised – dispatcher will notify any available Sheriff(s) in the area if available)

  • City of Salinas (831) 755 -5111
  • King City (831) 385-8311
  • City of Greenfield (831) 674-5591
  • City of Gonzales (831) 675-5000
  • City of Soledad (831) 226-5000

Report Roadside Illegal Dumping

If you encounter an illegal dump site by a roadside, please contact the appropriate department below:

  • Public Works Department for your city (waste located in the city limits (right-of-way)).
  • Monterey County Public Works (831-755-4800)
    • City of Greenfield (831-674-2635)
    • King City (831-385-3281)
    • City of Salinas (831-758-7241)
    • City of Soledad (831-223-5180)
  • CalTrans (831-753-0187) (waste located on highways), or
  • Union Pacific (1-888-877-7267) (waste located adjacent (near) railroad track(S))

Reporting illegal dumping has turned mobile! You can now download the Monterey County Connect App on your mobile device if you have an illegal dumping location within the Monterey County or unincorporated area. This app also has additional illegal dumping resources.

This app is also available for download for the City of Salinas! The Salinas Connect App can be downloaded on your mobile device to report illegal dumping within the city of Salinas limits.

Household Hazardous Waste Illegal Dumping

There are many different options to help stop illegal dumping of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW). It’s very important to note, do not pick-up any HHW or unlabeled toxic wastes, please alert one the above contacts for removal.

However, if you need help properly disposing of these wastes, SVR has FREE of charge HHW Safe Disposal Mobile Collection Service! But SVR isn’t only offering this service,

Tri-Cities Disposal also offers a Large Item Collection Service, by appointment only, in Gonzales, Greenfield and Soledad; Large items can be picked up curb side FREE of charge!

Waste Management also offers a similar program, Bulky Pick-up: Residential customers may take advantage of curbside bulky pick-up scheduled one week per year. Each household is limited to one (1) cubic yard – equivalent to seven (7) garbage bags – of trash, recyclables, and/or bulky items that normally would not fit in the curbside bin. 

Republic Services offers Large Item Collection Services, to help you get rid of large items so you don’t have to haul them to a landfill. Schedule your bulky waste pick up service through their website. 

Mattress Recycling

There is no need to dump that mattress on the side of the road! Here at Salinas Valley Recycles, you can bring up to five mattresses or box springs to any of our facilities, and it’s completely FREE! Click here for more information.

Our Facilities: