Report Illegal Dumping


Illegal dumping is a crime and should be reported. You can report suspected cases of illegal dumping in San Antonio by calling the City's Customer Service 3-1-1 hotline and submitting a report by phone.  To report illegal dumpsites found in Bexar County, call (210) 335-6700.


You can submit an illegal dumping report online by visiting the City of San Antonio's Customer Service & 311 website:

See A Dump, Be A Grump – Report It (PDF)
City of San Antonio - 311 Online Service Request


Bexar Regional Watershed Management – Prevent Illegal Dumping
TXDOT – Don’t Mess With Texas – Report a Highway Litterer

Frequently Asked Questions

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A: Illegal dumping is the improper disposal of waste at any location other than a permitted landfill or special facility. It’s against the law and can pose serious threats to our rivers, creeks, and the overall environment. It typically happens in open areas such as fields or empty lots, abandoned industrial sites, along rural roads, in wooded areas, near creeks or lakes, in alleys, along railroads, and near storm drains or other drainage inlets in neighborhoods. Illegal dumping often happens late at night while people are asleep so as to avoid detection.
A: Examples of waste that are illegally dumped include:
  • construction and demolition debris (drywall, shingles, lumber, bricks, concrete, siding)
  • large appliances
  • abandoned vehicles, automobile parts and tires
  • old, used, or soiled furniture
  • leaf and grass clippings
  • household garbage
  • medical waste
  • household hazardous waste products (cleaners, paint, motor oil, asbestos, etc.)
A: Illegal dumpers can be anyone. Typical offenders can include:
  • construction contractors (demolition, remodelers, roofers, landscapers)
  • automobile repair employees or tire shop owners
  • trash hauling contractors
  • scrap collectors
  • do-it-yourself home renovators
  • local residents
A: Illegal dumpers may not be aware that what they’re doing is illegal, or they may be trying to avoid costs and steps associated with proper disposal. Some will illegally dump materials in places where other dumping has previously happened. Sometimes, property owners will even try to earn some profit for themselves by charging others to dump on their properties, which is also illegal. Illegal dumping can also happen following clearing of properties for development – the owners may transfer clearing debris such as rocks, wood or earth to fill low areas on their property without getting required permits.
A: Debris and chemicals which are illegally dumped directly into rivers, creeks and nearby areas can pollute and destroy the health of the water and the native fish, plant and animal species which depend on it. The pollutants can also make the water unsafe for human use and consumption. Debris and chemicals from illegally dumped items can attract rodents and insects, which in turn can create breeding grounds in stagnant water for mosquitoes and harmful bacteria. Debris can also impact drainage and water flow, increasing the risk of flooding and further pollution.

About Remember the River

Remember the River is a community campaign focused on nonpoint source pollution prevention outreach and education. The campaign is led by the City of San Antonio.

All campaign education and outreach efforts are conducted in compliance with educational/outreach guidelines established under a TPDES Phase I Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) discharge permit regulated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

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