Stop Illegal Dumping

What is Illegal Dumping?

Illegal dumping is any unauthorized disposal of waste on any public or private property. Usually, people dump illegally to avoid collection and disposal fees, or because they believe proper disposal is just “too much trouble.”

State and County laws both specify strict penalties for people convicted of illegal dumping which may include fines up to $10,000, seizure of their vehicle, and/or incarceration of six months in jail.

Why is Illegal Dumping a serious problem for South El Monte?

There are three reasons: money, health, and the environment. 
Specifically, illegal dumping: 

    • Is a community eyesore
    • Decreases neighborhood property values
    • Costs taxpayers dollars in clean-up costs
    • Poses safety hazards to people, especially children
    • Provides a breeding ground for disease carrying rodents, insects and other vermin
    • Pollutes surface and ground water
    • Decreases the quality of life for South El Monte residents

What can South El Monte residents do to help?

    • Dispose your own waste properly and spread the word to friends and neighbors that illegal dumping is a crime.
    • Do not transport unsecured debris in the back of a vehicle, and always use a tarp or cover.
    • Recycle your used motor oil and electronic waste at the City Yard. Call 626.444.3158 for more information.
    • Take your household hazardous waste to a FREE Household Hazardous and E-Waste Collection event. Visit or call 1(888) CLEANLA for a list of locations and collection events.