Illegal dumping creates environmental hazards and costs Nueces County residents tax dollars.
It costs nearly $100,000 per year to clean illegally dumped trash. Sites that are not cleaned
up can lead to a number of health and safety concerns. Illegal dumping also fosters a negative image in a
community. People are much more likely to dump on property where a dumpsite already exists. Stopping illegal
dumping makes good environmental and economic sense. Let's solve this problem by working together
with our environmental enforcement office for a cleaner, healthier and safer community.
To report illegal dumping, call 361-289-1492 or 361-888-0490 or Email us at
Nueces County has two licensed Texas Peace Officers who enforce the State’s public health laws. These
trained Environmental Investigators are dedicated to enforcing the law and work with authorities to prosecute offenders who
violate environmental laws on public and private proprieties within the unincorporated areas of Nueces County. These officers
not only investigate the illegal dumping of waste, but also public nuisance properties, junked vehicles, and used tire dumping.
We enforce violations of the Texas Health & Safety Code, Texas Water Code, Texas Penal Code,
and Texas Transportation Code.
In addition to responding to complaints, these officers proactively patrol the county
looking for violations and tracking violators.
Solid Waste Services
Nueces County provides rural area household garbage and brush collection services through a private solid
waste contractor. Refer to our Information Sheet for more information.
How to Help
- Set the example by not littering or dumping and encourgage neighbors to do the same.
- Spread the word that illegal dumping is a crime.
- Take your used oil, tires and batteries to a local retailer or recycle center.
- Use only authorized commercial trash services.
- Do not burn old tires, treated lumber, wiring, insulation, furniture, carpet, oils or chemical waste.
- Report illegal dumping.
- For more ideas on how to get involved, refer to the
Take Care of Texas web site.
When we pollute our ditches and stormwater inlets with debris, chemicals and oils we are actually
mixing these contaminants with stormwater and sending hazardous waste to our local streams, rivers, lakes and
bays which are the same bodies of water we fish, swim and drink from. Our
Stormwater Basics Poster is available for download
and distribution. Feel free to make copies and "Spread the Word" about stormwater. Printed copies in several sizes
and pamplets are also available at the Public Works office at the Nueces County Courthouse. Call us at 361-888-0490.
- Don't Mess With Texas to report a litterer
- Keep America Beautiful
- Keep Texas Beautiful
- Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
- City of Corpus Christi Environmental Focus