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Illegal Dumping Investigations
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(979) 209-5900 / (979) 209-5959 Fax
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ILLEGAL DUMPING… IT’S A CRIME!!

 

   

Dumping Hurts the Community:

Dumping trash in prohibited areas can cause public health and safety concerns. Broken glass, exposed metal and other dangerous materials can hurt children playing around illegally dumped debris. Rats, snakes, mosquitoes and other pests are attracted to and populate within dumped garbage. This debris washes into storm drains during rain, and eventually ends up in our neighborhood creeks.

Illegal dumpsites and roadside litter create a negative image of our community. Illegal dumping also creates more illegal dumping - people are much more likely to dump on property where trash already exists.

Cleanup costs can be very expensive The Texas Department of Transportation spends $37 million a year in state tax dollars picking up roadside litter alone.

Stopping illegal dumping makes good environmental sense and good economic sense. You can help solve the problem by working with the City of Bryan to create a cleaner, healthier, and safer community.

Common Illegal Dumping Methods:

  • Throwing litter out of a car, truck or boat.

  • Dumping household trash, construction debris or yard waste on land that is not a legal landfill.

  • Dumping household trash in someone's dumpster without authorization.

  • Hauling trash for profit and dumping it on land that is not a legal landfill.

  • Letting someone else dump waste on your property, whether they pay you or not.

  • Pouring used motor oil or restaurant grease into storm drains or down manhole covers.

  • Disposing of old cars by rolling them into a river.

 

 

 

Texas Litter Abatement Act
Fines for Illegal Dumping:

Class C Misdemeanor - If the amount dumped weighs 5 pounds or less or has a volume of 5 gallons or less, the maximum penalty is:

  • a fine not to exceed $500

Class B Misdemeanor - If the amount dumped weighs more than 5 pounds but less than 500 pounds or has a volume of more than 5 gallons but less than 100 cubic feet, the maximum penalty is:

  • a fine not to exceed $2,000

  • confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days

  • or both fine and confinement

Class A Misdemeanor - If the amount dumped weighs 500 pounds or more, but less than 1,000 pounds, or has a volume of 100 cubic feet or more, but less than 200 cubic feet, OR if it was disposed for a commercial purpose and weighs more than five pounds but less than 200 pounds or has a volume of more than 5 gallons but less than 200 cubic feet, the maximum penalty is:

  • a fine not to exceed $4,000

  • confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year

  • or both fine and confinement

State Jail Felony - If the amount dumped weighs 1,000 pounds or more or has a volume of 200 cubic feet or more OR if it was disposed for a commercial purpose and weighs 200 pounds or more or has a volume of 200 cubic feet or more, or is contained in a closed barrel or drum, the maximum penalty is:

  • confinement in a state jail for not more than two years, but not less than 180 days

  • Additionally, an individual may also be fined an amount not to exceed $10,000

If it is shown on the trial of the defendant for an offense for illegal dumping that the person was previously convicted of an offense of illegal dumping, the punishment for the offense is increased to the punishment for the next highest category.

What Can I Do to Reduce the Possibility of Illegal Dumps?

  • Take recyclable material to City of Bryan Recycle Center
  • Take excess trash and debris to the BVSWMA Landfill
  • Take excess green waste to the City of Bryan Compost Facility
  • Dispose of litter properly and encourage others to do the same
  • Do Not transport unsecured debris in the back of a vehicle(Always use a tarp or a cover over your loads)
  • Spread the word to your family, friends, and neighbors that illegal dumping is a crime
  • Organize volunteer cleanups of litter and illegal dumpsites. People are less likely to litter in clean areas.
  • Report Illegal Dumping

Reporting Illegal Dumping

Report Illegal Dumping by calling the City of Bryan Police Station at: (979) 209-5300

When making your report, please give the following information:

  • Location of violation (street, city, county)         
  • Date/Time of violation
  • Description of Vehicle/ License plate #
  • Description of person(s) dumping
  • Description of materials dumped
  • Your name and phone number

 

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