Illegal Dumping

Report & Stop Illegal Dumping!



The City of San Pablo’s Public Works Department hauls away tons of trash every year from the public right-of-way. This trash would otherwise end up in our neighborhoods, creeks and waterways. Community and governmental agencies need to work in partnership to stop the enormous problem of illegal dumping. Here is how you can help:
Two Ways to Report Illegal Dumping
  1. Call the City of San Pablo directly at 1-510-215-3070 or the Illegal Dumping hotline at 1-800-NO DUMPING (1-800-663-8674)
  2. Email MicheleY@SanPabloCA.gov. Include the type of debris, amount and location in your report.  Never touch hazardous or medical waste!
If You Witness Illegal Dumping
​Please provide the following information to assist us in catching and prosecuting illegal dumpers:
  • Photo of the incident
  • License plate number and a description of any vehicle(s) involved
  • Description of the offenders(s)
  • Description of item(s) dumped
  • Time, date and location of incident you witnessed
Discourage Dumping on Your Property
​Remember San Pablo's Municipal Code 8.02.020 requires property owners to maintain their properties, including any alleys, sidewalks or parkways abutting a parcel.  Maintaining your property includes the removal of dumped or illegally dumped items.  To discourage dumping on your property you can:
  • Light outdoor areas around your home and property
  • Maintain clear sight lines so you can monitor your property from inside your home
  • Use surveillance cameras to record illegal dumping
  • Define your property boundaries with plants, paving, short walls or fences
  • Trim bushes, cut weeds and maintain a clean environment
  • Remove graffiti within 24-48 hours

How to Remove Unwanted or Illegally Dumped Items on Your Property: Disposal Options and Services



There are many disposal options for San Pablo residents if you have items not suitable for reuse or if illegal dumping has occurred on your property. Please note that leaving trash on the street, sidewalk, or other public place is against the law and subject to fines.
  • San Pablo residents are eligible to receive $60 worth of dump vouchers per fiscal year(July 1st through June 30th)
  • Vouchers can be picked up at City Hall (13831 San Pablo Avenue, Building 3).  Person identification and a current utility bill are required.
  • The vouchers can be credited toward your disposal at the Golden Bear Transfer Station (1 Parr Boulevard, Richmond).
FREE Waste Drop-Off
  • San Pablo residents can bring their trash for free disposal to 2600 Moraga Road, San Pablo on certain Saturdays from 7 am until the dumpsters are full.
  • Contact the Public Works Maintenance Division at 1-510-215-3070 to find out the date of the next date of event.
  • Personal identification and current utility bill are required.  Limit to one trip per household.
  • Commercial vehicles and moving trucks are not allowed.  Personal vehicles are limited to 2 cubic yards.
  • Hazardous materials (paint, oil, pesticides or any liquids), electric devices, batteries and tires not accepted.
FREE Curbside Cleanup Collection
  • Single-family and duplex households are entitled to 2 free curbside collections per year of up to 15 bags (35-40 gallons) per collection.
  • Cleanups can be used for miscellaneous waste or green waste (landscape waste).  Green waste must be contained in compostable bags available at hardware stores and Republic Services.
  • To schedule a pick-up, please call Republic Services at 1-510-262-7100.
FREE Curbside Bulky Item or E-waste Collection
  • Single family and duplex households are entitled to a free curbside collection of one bulky item (e.g. furniture or appliance) or up to 5 electronic waste items (e.g. computer, TV or phone) once a year.
  • Unacceptable materials include: liquids (e.g. pesticides and cleaning fluids), construction and demolition waste (e.g. concrete, dirt, and asphalt), and hazardous or infectious wastes.
  • To schedule a pick-up, please call Republic Services at 1-510-262-7100.
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