Take a bite outta illegal desert dumping

June 19, 2016

Any junk, garbage or debris left on public property, including roadsides, open streets, open space areas, and paved alleys is considered illegal dumping. Reporting these dump sites helps law enforcement identify problem areas and take measures to stop dumping. The more reports of illegal dump sites, the more resources can be dedicated to this problem.

Illegal dumping, Huffaker Hills, Reno, Nevada, NV

Illegal dump site near the Huffaker Hills in south Reno, Nevada. Photo © Stan White

Since we all carry smart phones everywhere, it is easy to report illegal dump sites to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO). Here’s how to do it with the free WCSO app.

  • Use the WCSO App to take a photo and report the site.
  • WCSO staff will determine the jurisdiction and forward to the appropriate agency.
  • If in the WCSO jurisdiction, sheriff’s staff will visit the site, conduct an investigation and forward to Patrol for follow-up.
  • The dumpsite will be cleaned up based on availability of resources.
  • The case will be prosecuted if a suspect has been positively identified and located.

If you witness illegal dumping in progress…

  • Call the non-emergency dispatch number – (775) 785-WCSO (9276) – to report (don’t use the App).
  • Stay safe – do not engage or approach illegal dumpers.
  • Try to get any identifying information (license plate numbers, make and model of vehicles / appliances) so law enforcement can identify and apprehend offenders.

Source: Washoe County Sheriff’s Office press release.

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