This report, commissioned by Sacramento County, the City of Sacramento, and the Sacramento Regional Solid Waste Authority, recommends a series of policy measures to reduce the costs to the county of tackling illegal dumping.

Sacramento had seen an increase in illegal dumping of 32% in the last three years, with clean up costs almost doubling as a result. Our team carried out in-depth research on the causes and prevalence of illegal dumping across the Sacramento region, produced a package of recommendations aimed at reducing the prevalence of illegal dumping, and highlighted potential funding to support the new initiatives proposed.

Key recommendations include:

  • A set customer standard based on a waiting time of maximum of two weeks for bulky collection;
  • Two free bulky waste collections in the County (to match those offered in the City) and the addition of two e-waste collections – providing a uniform service across single-family properties which make up 80% of Sacramento’s demographic;
  • A multi-lingual education campaign including visual tags on carts;
  • The expansion of the existing free dump coupon program to cover all areas;
  • The introduction of neighbourhood junk waste drop off sites for peak times and locations throughout the year e.g. university campuses at the end of each semester
  • The offer of free bulky services to multi-family properties; and
  • An area wide citizen engagement, education, and outreach partnership program that fosters pride of place in Sacramento.

This report is available free of charge. Please provide a few details about yourself and one of the team will email you the full report shortly.