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You may think illegal dumping is someone else's problem, but it's happening in waterways and floodplains all over Bexar County.

That mattress or pile of tires can cause problems for all of us, like contaminating water in our creeks and rivers; increasing flood hazard and endangering lives and property; or destroying habitat and harming wildlife. You can help fix these problems by recycling or properly disposing of garbage, especially hazardous household wastes, tires, furniture and large appliances. You can also help your local government to stop illegal dumping by reporting illegal dumpers and dumpsites.

Show them you care.

Report dumpers by calling 3-1-1 in San Antonio, or (210)335-6700 in Bexar County.

Help Stop Illegal Dumping

Waste Disposal Resources

When it comes to recycling or disposing of electronics, household hazardous waste, brush, appliances or tires, you have options. The City of San Antonio and Bexar County offer free programs that can help you recycle or dispose of waste properly.

If you live within city limits, visit to learn about the city's waste management programs.

If you live outside the city limits in Bexar County, visit to learn about the county's household hazardous waste pickup program.

Other resources

Many private companies can also help you recycle or dispose of waste. Visit to find recycling centers near you. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality offers a list of statewide resources for recycling or disposal at

Clean-up Events and Stewardship Organizations

Interested in helping rid the local environment of trash and debris? Here are some organizations where you can get involved:

Basura Bash – Volunteers committed to increasing stewardship of San Antonio area waterways.

Keep San Antonio Beautiful – Local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful. Supported by local government, private industry and citizen volunteers.


If you see illegally dumped material, or if you witness someone dumping illegally, call 3-1-1 to report it.

If the dumpsite is outside the city limits in Bexar County, you can also call (210) 335-6700.

If you see illegally dumped material or a spill in a stream, creek or river, call the San Antonio River Authority's environmental investigator at (210) 302-3609 to report it.

*This campaign was financed with funds from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality through the Alamo Area Council of Governments.