Fines and Fees

Persons failing to follow the green waste guidelines are subject to a progressive fine structure with fines beginning at $1,000.

Crews will not collect:

  • Bags
  • Boxes
  • Building materials
  • Cardboard
  • Concrete
  • Dirt
  • Ground cover
  • Household items
  • Junk
  • Plastic
  • Rocks
  • Scrap lumber
  • Sod
  • Tires
  • Trash
  • Tree stumps

For information on where to dispose of these items, contact the Solid Waste Division.

Municipal Code

5-5.105 - Illegal Dumping, Depositing or Burying Solid Waste. 

(a)  It is unlawful and shall constitute an abatable nuisance for any person to place solid waste  hazardous waste, large green waste and/or small green waste as defined in Sections 5-5.103(s) 5-5.103 (z), 5-5.103 (ap) and 5-5.103(an), upon any public property or private property without the consent of the property owner, unless approved by the Public Works Director. This section does not apply to residential customers participating in the Bulky Item Collection Program as defined in 5-5.143, and/or to solid waste, green waste or hazardous waste placed at a permitted solid waste or composting facility approved for such use. Intent to remove the solid waste, green waste or hazardous waste shall not constitute a defense to this offense. 

(b)  It is unlawful for any person to place hazardous waste as defined in Section 5-5.103(t), into any garbage container, street, alley or public right-of-way. 

(c)  It is unlawful for any person to place large green waste, organic waste, or solid waste as defined in Sections 5-5.103 (z, aa, and aq), into any garbage or organic recycling container without the permission or consent of the person owning, renting or having legal control of that container. 

(d)  Persons operating leaf blowers are to ensure that leaves, dirt and other debris are not blown onto public properties or public-right-of-way. All leaves, dirt and other debris generated by the leaf blower shall be removed and deposited into the appropriate containers

(e)       The penalty for failure to comply with section 5-5.105 is as follows:

a.         One Thousand ($1000.00) for the first violation

b.         Fifteen hundred ($1500.00) for a second violation within a 12-month period of the first violation; and

c.         Two Thousand ($2000.00) for a third violation within a 12-month period of the second violation, and for each successive violation within the same 12-month period.