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Improper disposal of trash and recycling is a form of illegal dumping. The term "illegal dumping" is used to describe disposing of waste in unauthorized areas. It is an environmental crime. Depending on the circumstances, charges can range from misdemeanor to felony and the fines can be quite heavy.
Waste should be disposed at a permitted disposal facility -- it's the law. Improper disposal can be considered a Class 1 felony crime. You must take your waste to the proper
disposal facilty in Mecklenburg County.
Unsecured property with many access points is a favorite with illegal dumpers. Remote, poorly lit roads, access and service roads and any area where waste containers are placed, but unattended, are also vulnerable. Once established, illegal dumps tend to attract additional waste. When sites are not cleaned up promptly, they attract additional illegal dumpers.
If someone illegally dumps on your property, you are now the responsible party. Secure your property by blocking or gating roads. Mecklenburg County will assist you with adding "No Dumping Signs" and possible placement of hidden cameras to catch illegal dumping activity.
It costs tax payer money to clean up illegal dump sites. Illegal dumps are not just ugly, they also impact human health, damage the environment and can discourage economic development. Mecklenburg County takes this very seriously and will pursue criminal charges against those caught dumping any waste illegally.
If you see an illegal dumper, do not risk your personal safety by approaching them. Instead, call 911 and report the activity.
If you can do so without endangering yourself, please try to get the following information:
Mecklenburg County and it's affiliate partner Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful (KMB) will occasionally partner with a community to eradicate an illegal dumping site. If you want to get involved and clean up a site, Mecklenburg County can offer vouchers for free disposal at one of our Full Service Convenience Centers.
Contact us for more information.
You may also contact the Municipal Partner (governing Town, where applicable) in the following ways: