Illegal Dumping

Published on . Last modified on January 25, 2017

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Illegal Dumping is Everyone’s Problem

Monterey County is home to a thriving agricultural and tourist economy. Solid waste is not only an eyesore; it negatively impacts growers and public agencies that work to clean these sites. Illegal dumping also threatens human health and safety by attracting mosquitoes, rats, and flies. They also are a fire hazard, and may contain dangerous hazardous materials.

How Can We Stop It?

Report Offenders

If you observe someone in the act of illegally dumping, contact the police department immediately (911). Record the license plate number and description of the vehicle and person(s) involved, the date and time of the incident, and the exact location. Do not approach the person(s).

If you encounter an illegal dump site by a roadside, please contact either the Monterey County Public Works Dept. (831-755-4800), CalTrans (831-753-0187), or the Public Works Department of the city where the waste is located.

Report dump sites or solid waste accumulation located on private property to the Monterey County Health Dept., Division of Environmental Health, at (831) 755-4505.

You can also report illegal dumping and litter online at

It is not permissible for solid waste (e.g. trash, rubbish, garbage) to create a health and safety hazard or a public nuisance even on one’s own property. With few exceptions, weekly solid waste pickups are mandatory at all residential, commercial, and industrial sites. It is illegal to dispose of trash in dumpsters or containers other than your own, or to bury waste (except dead animals).

Residents may haul their own waste to a permitted disposal site. Commercial haulers must obtain a permit from the Monterey County Health Department and must follow the requirements of each city where they operate. Please call (831) 755-4505 for more information.

What is Illegal Dumping?

Illegal dumping is the disposal of solid waste at a site other than a permitted disposal facility, such as a landfill or transfer station.

Penalties for Offenders

Illegal Dumping is a serious offense and is in violation of California Law and the Monterey County Code. Penalties for first offenses range from $250 – $1000 per offense.

Get Involved

Free Disposal Voucher Program

Free disposal vouchers are available if you have been victim of illegal dumping, or if you would like to organize a community clean up event. For more information contact the Monterey County Health Department at (831) 755-4505.

Recycle Your Waste

For disposal or reuse information call 1-800-Cleanup or visit
You may also contact Monterey County Recycling Services at (831) 755-4505.

Adopt-A-Road or Highway
Adopt A Road: call (831) 755-4918

Adopt A Highway: call (831) 372-1132

Hazardous Waste

Hazardous Wastes are those that may ignite, explode, are corrosive, or are toxic to living organisms. Examples include used motor oil, TV tubes, computer monitors, batteries, solvents, antifreeze, and paint.

For more information on proper hazardous waste disposal, contact a permitted disposal facility, or Monterey County Hazardous Materials Services at (831) 755-4511. Disposal of household hazardous waste is often free.

Medical Waste (Sharps)

Sharps waste means any device having acute rigid corners or edges capable of cutting or piercing, including needles, syringes, and blades (sharps). Sharps are often home generated from self-medication. A rigid sharps container must be used to store sharps waste until it can be taken to an appropriate facility. FREE disposal is available.

For more information contact the Monterey County Solid Waste Section at (831) 755-4505.

Permitted Disposal Facilities in Monterey County




Business Hours

Johnson Canyon Landfill (ABOP)

31400 Johnson Canyon Road, Gonzales

(831) 675-2165

M-F 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sat-Sun 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Jolon Road Transfer Station 52654 Jolon Road, King City (831) 385-6213

M-F 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sat-Sun 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Salinas Transfer Station 1120 Madison Lane, Salinas (831) 754-2500

M-F 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sun Street Transfer Station (HHW) 139 Sun Street, Salinas (831) 424-5535  M-F 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Monterey Regional Waste Management District (HHW)

14201 Del Monte Blvd., Marina

(831) 384-5313

M-F 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sat 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
HHW Tue 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Bradley Transfer Station

Off El Camino-Bradley Road, Bradley (800) 321-8226  Sat 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Carmel Valley Transfer Station

9 Pilot Road, Carmel Valley (800) 321-8226  Fri-Sat 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

San Ardo Transfer Station

 Cattleman Road, San Ardo (800) 321-8226

Sat 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.


HHW indicates accepts Household Hazardous Waste (e.g. paint, batteries, oil). Hours may be different than those times listed. Call site for details. Disposal is often FREE!

APOB indicates accept Antifreeze, Batteries, Oil and Paint

Download the Brochure:

Illegal Dumping Brochure (English)/(Spanish)