The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting that illegal dumping complaints increased by 28 percent in Clark County from 2016 to 2017. Complaints of material that have been illegally disposed of include trash, sewage, and hazardous material waste. In 2016, the Health District received 1,223 illegal dumping complaints, in 2017 the number of complaints increased to 1,575, and in 2018 the number of calls, emails, and information received through the Health District’s website has continued to increase.
Illegal dumping is a significant problem in the community. As the Solid Waste Management Authority for Clark County, the Health District is the agency with the authority for investigating complaints of the improper or unauthorized disposal of solid waste. Members of the public can play an important role in this process by providing information to the Health District if they witness the illegal disposal of waste. This can include improperly or illegally disposing of the following materials:
- Yard waste or landscape debris
- Tires and batteries
- Construction and demolition waste
- Raw sewage that overflows into areas outside of a building
Complaints made by the public provide the Health District with vital information needed to investigate illegal dumping in our community. However, there is key information the Health District needs to be able to follow up on a complaint. Following are resources to help the public report and the steps that must be taken to report improper or illegal activity:
- Report illegal dumping by calling (702) 759-0600 or access the online complaint form at snhd.info/complaint.
- Required reporting information includes the incident date, the incident location within Clark County, and a description of the material that has been dumped.
- Per Nevada Revised Statute 444, witnesses may be entitled to a $100 reward if the information provided leads to the assessment of an administrative penalty to the offender. This reward is paid when the penalty is received in full by the Health District.
- Witnesses wishing to be eligible to collect the reward must be willing to sign a voluntary statement and provide testimony at a Solid Waste Management Authority hearing or in court if needed.
More information about illegal dumping and the Solid Waste Management and Compliance Program is available on the Health District’s website.
Access information about the Southern Nevada Health District on its website: www.SNHD.info. Follow the Health District on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SouthernNevadaHealthDistrict, YouTube: www.youtube.com/SNHealthDistrict, Twitter: www.twitter.com/SNHDinfo, and Instagram: www.instagram.com/southernnevadahealthdistrict/. The Health District is available in Spanish on Twitter: www.twitter.com/TuSNHD. Additional information and data can be accessed through the Healthy Southern Nevada website: www.HealthySouthernNevada.org.