Solid Waste Violations
Solid waste violations can be divided into the following topics:
Illegal Dumping and/or the Accumulation of Solid Waste
Chapter 14.5 describes illegal dumping and/or the accumulation of solid waste as an environmental offense, which is a Class 1 Misdemeanor, subject to a fine of $2500, and/or 12 months in jail. A notice of violation may or may not be issued depending on the severity of the conditions.
Summons may be issued for immediate service. Proof of proper disposal may be required. Reports of illegal dumping may also be reported to the Environmental Crimes Task Force. It is important to offer a complete description of the violator, vehicles, type of debris, and exact address of site. It is a class 1 misdemeanor to dump, place or blow anything into the storm water drainage system. Call 757-664-6604 on Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. At other times call 911 to report the incident.
Pet Areas Kept Clean
Accumulation of dog / animal droppings (feces) contributes to fly breeding, provides food for rodents, may cause disease, and is a public health nuisance. Droppings should be removed daily.
Refuse (Garbage Storage & Collection)
The accumulation of garbage and trash creates odors, provides food for rodents, and provides organic materials necessary for fly breeding, causes disease and is public health nuisance. Trash and garbage is required to be stored in a container with a tight fitting lid. Containers must be stored at least 5 feet from the front of the building or screened from public view. Containers may be placed on the curb on collection day only (5 p.m. night before; removed no later than 11:30 p.m. night of collection).
Call 757-683-2712 to report violations. Bureau of Waste Management, Department of Public Works can be reached at 757-664-6510 for information on city collections and to schedule bulk waste removal. For recycling or household hazardous waste disposal information call the Southeastern Public Service Authority (SPSA) at 757-424-4297.