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Illegal dumping: What can you do in Oakland?

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Do you have dumped trash in your neighborhood that has to be removed? Here's what the city says to do:

Report overflowing litter containers to Waste Management of Alameda County at (510) 613-8710. When calling, provide the litter container number or the exact location of the litter container.

To legally dispose of unwanted household items:

  • Donate your salvageable items to Goodwill Industries (510) 698-7200 or; or Salvation Army (510) 451-4514 or
  • Contact Waste Management of Alameda County to schedule a free bulky pickup (mattresses, sofas, chairs, tables, appliances) at (510) 613-8710 or

Dumped items:

  • Call the Public Works Call Center at (510) 615-5566. Dumping in progress should be called in to 911. The department says that since, OPD will provide an on-line report process at for illegal dumping that is witnessed by a citizen, but is no longer in progress. However, that form isn't discoverable.
  • To report illegal dumping, blight and/or nuisance conditions on public property, visit the Report a Problem page or call (510) 615-5566 or email

Numbers to call:

  • Oakland Code Enforcement - Regarding blight or nuisance on private property, (510) 238-3381

Alameda County complaints:

  • Vector Control (rats or other pests) (510) 567-6800
  • Abandoned Vehicles (Police) (510) 777-8622
  • Hazardous Materials (Fire) (510) 238-3927
  • Animal Services (City) (510) 535-5602
  • Recycling and Garbage (city) (510) 238-SAVE
  • Waste Management (510) 613-8710 for all garbage services or to schedule bulky pickups

Also see:

Illegal Dumping & Bulky Goods Pickup: A Symptom and Example | Oakland Local

The Oakland Local Editorial Team is made up of Juan Martinez, Jeannine Etter, Michelle Fitzhugh-Craig, Eric Arnold, Jennifer Inez Ward, CB Smith-Dahl, Susan Mernit, Debi Mason, and others.

A free drop-off event for appliance/furniture/tires, etc stuff is coming up on March 31st.