Illegal Dumping

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The unauthorized disposal of waste on any public or private property is illegal. Penalties for those convicted of illegal dumping can include fines of up to $10,000, seizure of the vehicle used, and incarceration of six months in jail.

If you observe illegal dumping, please report it immediately by calling the Lancaster Sheriff's Station at (661) 948-8466. Palmdale residents may call the Palmdale Sheriff's Station at (661) 272-2400. Illegal dumping locations can be reported at (888) 8-DUMPING or by visiting

Why is illegal dumping a serious problem for our community?

The short answer is money, health, and the environment. Specifically, illegal dumping:
  • Decreases neighborhood property values
  • Costs taxpayers millions of dollars in clean-up costs
  • Is a community eyesore
  • Negatively impacts plants and wildlife
  • Poses safety hazards to residents, especially children
  • Provides a breeding ground for disease-carrying rodents, insects and other vermin
  • Disrupts natural land and water processes
  • Pollutes surface and ground water
How you can help:
  • Dispose of your own waste properly.
  • Spread the word to friends and neighbors that illegal dumping is a crime.
  • Secure debris transported in the back of your vehicle by using a tarp or cover.
  • Participate in clean-ups of vacant lots and sites used for illegal dumping.
  • Support local recycling programs.
To download a flyer on how to protect the community from illegal dumping, click here.

Read the AV Illegal Dumping Task Force's quarterly newsletter here: AV Illegal Dumping Task Force Newsletter Oct-Dec 09