A Strategic Plan for a Cleaner City One Clean Houston

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Free Environmental Education Seminar -- Wednesday, April 17 (.pdf)

Dear Houstonians,

Illegal dumping is a pervasive problem that negatively impacts the health, safety, and quality of many communities throughout the City of Houston. The quality of life within our neighborhoods should not be compromised through the blights created by illegal dumping. Everyone deserves the right to live in a healthy and safe environment, and we are all responsible for keeping our communities clean and free of dumping and other environmental hazards. We must all work together to create One Clean Houston. Read the Mayor's Full Letter ...


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The Solution

Rapid Cleanup

The City of Houston recognizes that the most important and tangible way to reduce the impact of illegal dumping in our neighborhoods is to clean it up as quickly as possible while considering preventative solutions to reduce the chances of recurrence. Rapid Cleanup page ...



Increase funding for heavy trash dumping and litter removal

$11.5M in additional contract abatement services over 3 years

Improve complaint routing and interagency coordination

Clearly define roles and streamline processing of 311 service requests and tipline

Improve efficiency of collections equipment

$3M to purchase single-operator grappler trucks

Attract and retail solid waste drivers

$200K to increase hiring incentives

Better Enforcement

Illegal dumping is a crime. It not only violates the law but also has many negative impacts on human health and the environment. Better Enforcement page ...



Expand video surveillance

$419K for additional cameras to catch dumpers

Improve enforcement of heavy trash violations

$620K for a dedicated team of inspectors in SWM to enforce heavy trash violations

Launch HPD Environmental overtime program

$100K in OT for FY23 to aid in investigation efforts

Make it easier to report dumping and violators

Report dumping and dumpers through various channels: 311, HPD online crime reports, Crimestoppers (for up to $5,000 reward)

Increase the number of successful prosecutions

Prosecute cases DA declines to accept in municipal courts and improve investigation processes to better identify defendants.

Target major repeat property owner offenders

Aggressively pursue property owners who allow dumping on their property

Grow partnership with local law enforcement agencies

$1.9M for additional cameras and contract services with Harris County Precinct One Environmental Crimes Unit

Prevention and Education

The best way to stop illegal dumping is to prevent it from occurring. This requires providing adequate alternatives to dispose of waste, educating the community on the consequences and impacts and improving areas prone to dumping. Prevention and Education page ...



Improve access to neighborhood depositories

Pilot neighborhood drop-off program in areas severely impacted by dumping & increase equipment at depositories to reduce wait times

Establish a dumpsite maintenance and control program

Use tools such as barricades, landscaping and signage at chronic dumpsites

Improve community engagement

Educate communities on heavy trash policies and provide neighborhood clean-up opportunities

Project Cost Breakdown



 Additional City Funding

Rapid Cleanup

Heavy Trash and Illegal Dumping Abatement Services

 $                                             11,474,933

Efficient Collection Vehicles

 $                                             3,000,000

Hiring Incentives for Drivers

 $                                                200,000

Better Enforcement

Heavy Trash Violation Enforcement

 $                                                607,791  

Camera Surveillance Program

 $                                                419,467

HPD Overtime Program

 $                                                100,000

Partnerships with other Law Enforcement Agencies

$                                                1,930,800

Dumping Prevention

Neighborhood Drop-Off Pilot

 $                                                  50,400


  $         17,783,391                                   

Dumping Tracker


Supporting Documents