A new Santa Cruz County website aims to reduce illegal dumping throughout the county.
The site includes multi-jurisdictional information on reporting illegal dumping, links to mobile apps allowing residents to report dumping through their cell phones, information about scheduling curbside collections of bulky items, a list of approved refuse haulers and a form to report illegal dumping.
Fines for illegal dumping range from $100 for the first violation to $500 for the third violation within a year.
At its Buena Vista Landfill and Ben Lomond Transfer Station sites, the county accepts recycled materials such as Styrofoam, cans, cardboard/paper/metal items, books and CDs/DVDs, batteries, eWaste and household electronics. Used mattresses are accepted at no cost, and construction debris and tires are accepted for a small fee. Check dpw.santacruzcounty.us for hours.
By Craig Lazzeretti.