Illegal dumping is the improper and/or unauthorized disposal of solid waste. Illegal dumping in Clark County continues to be a significant problem and the investigation of illegal dumping complaints is a major focus of the Solid Waste & Compliance section. The section handled 1,683 complaints in 2011.
Solid waste includes:
Raw sewage that overflows onto any areas outside of buildings
Motor oil and other petroleum products causing soil contamination
Dirt and rock spoils
Yard waste (landscape debris)
Tires and batteries
Construction and demolition waste
Complaints made by the public provide the most common source of information, but the section also receives complaints from health district employees, County representatives, Las Vegas Fire Department, Las Vegas Metro Police Department, Assembly persons and local government representatives.
When a complaint is received, the Solid Waste and Compliance staff investigates and, when possible, assembles evidence for submission to the Solid Waste Management Authority Hearing Officer who may impose administrative penalties.
Any person providing information leading to an administrative penalty or a conviction for violation of “unlawful disposal of garbage or sewage” (Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS 444.630) or certain associated provisions, may receive a $100 reward upon payment of the penalty in full by the offender.
The witness must be willing to sign a voluntary statement and will be required to provide testimony at a Solid Waste Management Authority hearing or court in order to receive the reward. In addition, witnesses wishing to receive a reward must fill out an IRS W-9 form.