Sheriff's Office

Illegal dumping download our App today!

If you can take a picture, you can report illegal dumping – download our App today!

Reporting illegal dumping helps keep your neighborhood a clean, healthy, and safe place to live. Any junk, garbage or debris left on public property—including roadsides, open streets, and paved alleys is consider illegal dumping.

With your help, law enforcement can identify problem areas and take measures to stop dumping. The more reports of illegal dump sites we have, the more resources can be dedicated to this problem.

Help us and Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful by downloading the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) App – available for free through the Itunes App Store or Google Play.

Once you have the App, reporting Illegal Dumping App is a snap:

  1. Use the WCSO App to take a photo and report the site.
  2. WCSO staff will visit site, conduct an investigation and forward to the cooperating agency or WCSO Patrol for follow-up.
  3. The dumpsite will be abated based on availability of resources.
  4. The case will be prosecuted if a suspect has been positively identified and located.

Private Property Dumpsites

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is unable to clean-up any dumpsites on private property, although these sites will be investigated and prosecuted if a suspect is identified and can be located.

If you see an illegal dumpsite:

  • Do use the WCSO App to report
  • Don’t: touch the site or remove any items

Important! If you see illegal dumping in progress,

  • Do call Non Emergency Dispatch (775-785-WCSO) to report (don’t use the App)
  • Do not engage or approach illegal dumpers/stay safe
  • Do try to get any identifying information (license plate numbers, make and model of vehicles/appliances) so law enforcement can identify and apprehend offenders

 For information about alternatives to illegal dumping, visit the Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful website at