Rewards for Reporting Illegal Dumping

Oakland, CA – The City of Oakland is launching a new program that will provide monetary rewards to people who report illegal dumping. Witnesses can receive up to half of all penalties collected in successful enforcement actions based on the witness’s reports. This is an exciting new program that will send the message that Oakland will not tolerate illegal dumping in our neighborhoods.

A press conference to launch the initiative will be held:

When: Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 1:00 – 1:30 pm
Where: San Pablo Avenue at Market Street
Speakers: Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, City Attorney Barbara Parker, City Councilmember At-large Rebecca Kaplan and Public Works Director Brooke Levin

2 Responses to Rewards for Reporting Illegal Dumping

  1. matt February 6, 2015 at 6:06 am #

    Where or to who do you report the crime?

    • renee lafrenz February 6, 2015 at 1:20 pm #

      To obtain a reward, witnesses should report information about illegal dumping to the Oakland Public Works call center at (510) 615-5566.

      Information can be reported online at or via email at

      Officials said that reports should include the type and amount of debris being dumped, as well as the location. The most important information is typically the license plate numbers of any vehicles used in the act.

      Photos and videos are also helpful, but only when they can be obtained safely.

      Anonymous tips will not qualify for a reward, and witnesses must provide a signed statement about the incident. If the report leads to hearings or judicial processes, witnesses will have to testify.

      For more information about the program and eligibility requirements for a reward, go to

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