Illegal dumping

We explain what illegal dumping is and how to report it.


Illegal dumping is putting household or commercial garbage, litter or other items:

  • On private property without the property owner’s permission
  • Into any garbage cart, dumpster or container on someone else’s property
  • Into public trash containers

The property owner is responsible for cleaning up illegally dumped material. If you're the victim of illegal dumping, report it.

Report illegal dumping

Reporting illegal dumping

If you see illegal dumping

Get a description of the person and their vehicle. If possible, go through the material and look for postmarked mail with a name and address. Never confront an illegal dumper yourself.

File a report

If you see illegal dumping in progress, call 911. If you notice illegal dumping has happened, contact 311.

After you make a report

Solid Waste & Recycling handles reports of illegal dumping on private property. We will:

  • Provide low- or no-cost disposal options
  • Provide prevention tips
  • Collect evidence and photograph the material
  • Look at the evidence to try to identify the violator and take legal action


The following can serve as evidence:

  • A license plate number and vehicle description
  • One or more pieces of postmarked mail with a name and address

You do not have to have evidence to report illegal dumping, but City staff will not search illegally dumped material for evidence.

We consider mail evidence valid if:

  • It's addressed to a person
  • It has a postmark from the United States Postal Service
  • The name and address are current
  • We can reasonably assume the mail was dumped with the material

We consider vehicle evidence valid if:

  • The license plate number and make, model and color of the reported vehicle match the registered vehicle information
  • The license plate number is not listed as stolen or inactive
  • The license plate is registered in Minnesota

Tips to prevent illegal dumping

  • Keep your garbage, recycling and organics carts in your garage or yard until your pickup day.
  • Use flood or motion detector lighting along your alley line or in your yard.
  • Keep your property clean. Illegal dumpers are more likely to add to existing trash.
  • Keep your neighborhood tidy. Organize or support a community cleanup event or participate in the Adopt-A-Block or Adopt-A-Street/Highway program.
  • Talk to your neighbors and start a neighborhood watch program.
  • Hire only reputable contractors and waste haulers. Make sure to get South Transfer Station receipts before you make your final payment.

Contact us

Clean City Coordinator

Public Works - Solid Waste & Recycling




Eastside Maintenance Facility
2635 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

Office hours

8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday

This building is closed to the public.