Illegal dumping is any unwanted item dumped without permission on either private or public property. Illegal dumping threatens human health and the environment. It imposes significant costs on communities, and has an adverse effect on the quality of life. Illegal dumping is an issue the Department of Code Enforcement, the Department of Public Works, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the Marion County Health and Hospital Department are continually working to eliminate in the city.
Illegal dumping is a punishable offense. If you witness illegal dumping, please report it to the Mayor's Action Center at (317) 327-4MAC(4622), or through the RequestIndy website or app for smartphones. The Department of Code Enforcement employs environmental officers who conduct investigations into illegal dumpsites. The officers work to find connections to the site and who did the dumping.
Should you see illegal dumping occurring, please take down as much information as you can and report it to the Mayor's Action Center at (317) 327-4MAC(4622), or through the RequestIndy website or app for smartphones. Details about the vehicle, license plate number and person doing the violation can help us find and fine the violators.
When illegal dumping and trash accumulated on private property is reported to the Mayor's Action Center, DCE will send an inspector to inspect the location and perform an investigation, in an attempt to identify who dumped the materials. If the dumped materials or trash is located on private property, an affidavit and notification letter will be mailed to the property owner. If the dumped materials or trash is located on public property, the location will be referred to the Department of Public Works for cleanup.
From the date of the notification letter, the property owner will have 10 days to remove the trash or sign an affidavit stating the trash was illegally dumped. If an affidavit is signed, a city-contracted vendor will provide cleanup at no cost to the property owner. If an affidavit is not signed or the property owner fails to clean up the trash, cleanup will be provided and the property owner will be charged waste disposal costs and $388 for the abatement.
Evidence uncovered during the investigation could lead to prosecution and a fine of up to $2,500.
Anyone can pick up a NO Dumping sign at the Department of Code Enforcement office, 1200 Madison Avenue, Suite 100, if you have a continuous problem with illegal dumping in your area. The office is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Wednesdays, the lobby is open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Fridays it is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Each home can have up to two signs.
Together, we can eliminate illegal dumping in Indianapolis! There is a home for all of your unwanted waste as long as you can make sure our neighborhoods stay clean and safe.
The City of Indianapolis offers Marion County residents alternatives to illegally dumping waste. Those options are:
Within Marion County, trash is collected via DPW five days a week between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. To ensure proper pickup, on your collection day, place your trash in receptacles at the curb or in the alley before 7 a.m.
If your home is serviced by DPW crews, heavy trash is collected on a specific day each month. If your home is serviced by a private contractor, heavy trash can be placed by the curb once a month on any of your regular trash days.
If residents have concerns or questions about their trash pickup, they can call the Mayor’s Action Center at 327-4MAC (4622) or go online to www.indy.gov/DPW. Click on Neighborhood Services and then click on Department of Public Works to learn more about trash pickup.
Residents also are encouraged to take advantage of the Marion County Citizens’ Transfer Station at 2324 S. Belmont Ave. Residents can dispose of large amounts of household trash that they would not be able to dispose of through regular and/or heavy trash service.
The City offers a free recycling program, where residents can drop off the following recyclable materials at any of the 27 drop-off sites around Marion County for materials such as:
For more information on this program, please call (317) 327-2987, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Indianapolis also offers curbside recycling to all single family residences. It is on a subscription basis and has a nominal monthly fee. For more information or to sign up, please call the Mayor's Action Center at (317) 327-4622
Yard trimmings and food residuals together constitute 26 percent of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream. All of that waste can be used as compost for your yard/garden or community spaces like parks in Indianapolis. The City participates in composting organic waste in the following ways:
As part of the nation-wide Great American Clean-up, DPW’s solid waste services division partners with many neighborhood and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) to take part in the Great Indy Cleanup. These neighborhood clean-up events give residents the opportunity to spruce up their own part of town while DPW assists in providing heavy-equipment and dumpsters.
KIB’s Great Indy Cleanup is an anti-litter program designed to combat heavy litter and debris accumulated in public spaces such as streets, alleys, greenspaces and waterways.
You can coordinate a community cleanup any weekend from May through October. To request a community cleanup, contact KIB at www.kibi.org.