Trash, recycling & city upkeep

Report illegal dumping

It is illegal to dump garbage in public spaces, and it makes our neighborhoods less safe and healthy. Report illegal dumping whenever you see it.

Trash dumped on private property is the responsibility of the property owner.


If you see illegal dumping in the act, call 911. Do not confront anyone you see dumping.

Provide as much information about the dumping as possible, including the:

  • Location.
  • Description of the individual(s).
  • Make, model, color, and license plate of the vehicle.
  • Material being dumped.

You can report illegal dumping after the fact by calling 311 or using the Philly 311 online form.

A violation may be issued if appropriate and the dumper can be identified.