Illegal Dumping

What constitutes illegal dumping? 

Illegal Dumping is defined in Florida Statutes Title XXIX. Public Health § 403.413. Florida Litter Law

Dumping litter prohibited - Unless otherwise authorized by law or permit, it is unlawful for any person to dump litter in any manner or amount:

(a) In or on any public highway, road, street, alley, or thoroughfare, including any portion of the right-of-way thereof, or any other public lands, except in containers or areas lawfully provided therefor. When any litter is thrown or discarded from a motor vehicle, the operator or owner of the motor vehicle, or both, shall be deemed in violation of this section;

(b) In or on any freshwater lake, river, canal, or stream or tidal or coastal water of the state, including canals. When any litter is thrown or discarded from a boat, the operator or owner of the boat, or both, shall be deemed in violation of this section; or

(c) In or on any private property, unless prior consent of the owner has been given and unless the dumping of such litter by such person will not cause a public nuisance or otherwise be in violation of any other state or local law, rule, or regulation.

“Litter” means any garbage; rubbish; trash; refuse; can; bottle; box; container; paper; tobacco product; tire; appliance; mechanical equipment or part; building or construction material; tool; machinery; wood; motor vehicle or motor vehicle part; essel; aircraft; farm machinery or equipment; sludge from a waste treatment facility, water supply treatment plant, or air pollution control facility; or substance in any form resulting from domestic, industrial, commercial, mining, agricultural, or governmental operations.

Reporting Illegal Dumping

Illegal dumping is a serious offense. 

You can do your part to stop illegal dumping by immediately reporting any activity you see. 

Please document the following:

  • Date, time and location of the incident.
  • Description of the vehicle along with license plate
  • Description of the person dumping
  • Items or materials being dumped
  • Please document with pictures if you can. 

Immediately report this information via email to all the following agencies. Please be sure to include all three emails:

  • Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office at (coming from Francine)
  • Town of Loxahatchee Groves Town Code Compliance emailed at (coming from Francine)
  • Coastal Waste & Recycling emailed at

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