While ensuring residents have adequate resources and information on how to properly dispose of old items, deterring people from illegally dumping in the first place is a key component to addressing the issue.
Pinal County has established a Rewards Program that will provide a $500 reward for those submitting tips on who is illegally dumping items if the tip and information lead to charges in the case.
The Rewards Program is replenished with fines paid by those illegally dumping. While the program will pay tipsters when someone is charged in a case, some defendants will have the opportunity to enroll in the diversion program to avoid a potential conviction. That process includes admitting responsibility and other measures such as community service and participation in community cleanups.
Criminal littering or polluting can range in severity, coming as either a misdemeanor or felony case. The penalties can include time in prison and thousands of dollars in fines.
When submitting tips, please provide as detailed information as possible. Examples include:
- Surveillance video or pictures
- Name(s) of the person involved