Santa Clara County is reminding residents about a six-month-old website where people can report illegal dumping.

The site,, was launched last November using a $2 million grant from CalRecycle, the state agency that oversees waste management and recycling.

A pile of old tires and other debris awaits cleanup by the side of the road in an undated image. Since the launch of a county website in November 2022 that allows residents to report illegal dumping, there have been more than 200 cleanups resulting in the collection of 30 tons of solid waste along with at least 200 pounds of recyclable materials. (Courtesy County of Santa Clara)

Since its inception, citizen reports to the site have resulted in 200 cleanups that collected 30 tons of solid waste, 200 pounds of recyclable material, 52 tires, 20 mattresses, 613 bulky items like furniture and appliances and 344 pounds of electronic waste, according to county officials.

“Keeping our community clean is a collective effort, and now, we’re very excited to let the public know that they have a way to report spots anywhere in the county that have become magnets for trash and dumping,” said Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez.

The program is managed by the county’s Consumer and Environmental Protection Agency and directs San Jose Conservation Corps crews to trash-pile cleanup sites four days a week, but is not used to clear homeless encampments, according to county officials.

Before the website launched, illegal dumping sites were identified by various local government agencies or by Conservation Corps crews out in the field.

The program will end in April 2024 and so far has spent about 28 percent of its budget, county officials said in a news release.

“Litter on the ground harms the environment and impacts public health — and it hurts community morale,” said state Sen. Dave Cortese, D-San Jose, who helped secure funding for the program.

Kiley Russell, Bay City News

Kiley Russell writes primarily for Local News Matters on issues related to equity and the environment. A Bay Area native, he has lived most of his life in Oakland. He studied journalism at San Francisco State University, worked for the Associated Press and the former Contra Costa Times, among other outlets. He has covered everything from state legislatures, local governments, federal and state courts, crime, growth and development, political campaigns of various stripes, wildfires and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.