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Fines and Penalties


When You are Caught Dumping Illegally...


justice iconSan Joaquin County has zero tolerance policy toward illegal dumpers. Anyone caught faces citation and arrest. Fines range from $100 to $1,000. Defendants are charged under Penal Code Section 374.3, subsections A and H. Depending on the amount of materials, the first and second offense is prosecuted as a citation (ticket). A third violation is typically prosecuted as a misdemeanor. Penal Code Section 374.3







Illegal Dumping Convictions

Had you Taken it to a Landfill 

  • First Offense: $238 (citation)
  • Second Offense: $526, probation and community service (citation)
  • Third Offense: Up to $1,000 fine and jail time.


(the same cost as a disposal fee for one standard pick-up load at County facility)


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Dumping on Private Property
Dumping garbage or collecting junk on private property is not allowed in San Joaquin County. County departments involved in investigating illegal dump sites include Code Enforcement, Environmental Health and Office of Emergency Services.

In general, property owners are responsible for the conditions on their property. For questions concerning disposal of hazardous waste, medical waste, dumpsters in apartment buildings or on private property, junk, automobiles, rubbish, etc., please call 209-468-3066.

Use this link to find information about the disposal locations and times to dispose trash and/or household hazardous items.