Environmental Crimes Task Force
Cleveland and Cuyahoga County law enforcement agencies have partnered to stop illegal dumping and environmental crimes in the 59 communities of Cuyahoga County.
The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Environmental Crimes Task Force works to investigate and prosecute environmental crimes, particularly open dumping. Open dumping of scrap tires, garbage and other debris is a felony in the State of Ohio and punishable by a fine of up to $25,000 and a jail sentence of two to four years.
Help us put an end to illegal dumping. It is a crime against your neighborhood, your property values and your health.
SAVE THE DATE!
CUYAHOGA COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL LAW ENFORCEMENT WORKSHOP
October 16-17, 2023 | 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
Cleveland Metroparks Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
CanalWay Center, 4524 East 49 Street, Cuyahoga Heights
This workshop will address the pervasive problem of illegal dumping of solid waste and scrap tires within Cuyahoga County by educating local law enforcement officials about Ohio’s environmental laws and the techniques that can be used to detect, investigate, and prevent open dumping. The workshop will be conducted by Eastman & Smith, Ltd.
City and county law enforcement officials, prosecuting attorneys, law directors, judges, code enforcement officials and solid waste inspectors are invited to attend. The workshop is free but limited to 32 participants. Register here.
For more details, contact Beth Biggins-Ramer at (216) 443-3714 or send an email.
About the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Environmental Crimes Task Force
The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Environmental Crimes Task Force is a coalition of public agencies working to end the problem of open dumping in our community.
The partners work to aggressively identify, investigate and prosecute individuals responsible for violating the environmental laws of the State of Ohio. Such felony crimes include illegal dumping of solid waste, construction debris and scrap tires; illegal hauling and disposal of scrap tires; scrap metal theft; illegal disposal of hazardous waste and more.
Partners include the City of Cleveland, Cleveland Division of Police, Cleveland Health Department Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, Cuyahoga County Sheriff, Cuyahoga County Board of Health and the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District.
Contact Sergeant Matthew West at (216) 857-5972 or send an email.
Report Illegal Dumping
To report illegal dumping report it to your city using the instructions below or file a tip on Crime Stoppers (see link below). If you see dumping as it is occurring, you can help law enforcement by taking photos or video to document the vehicle, license plate number and people committing the crimes or simply write down a description if you are able.
In the City of Cleveland
If you observe illegal dumping while it is happening please call 9-1-1 and report it immediately. If you find an area where illegal dumping has occurred already, call (216) 664-DUMP (3867) to report the dumping.
In Other Communities
If you observe illegal dumping while it is happening please call 9-1-1 and report it immediately. If you find an area where illegal dumping has occurred already, call your local police department and file a police report. Once the report is made, request that they forward the report the Environmental Crimes Task Force for investigation.
Crime Stoppers of Cuyahoga County
Crime Stoppers will pay a cash reward up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of any suspected illegal dumper. Call Crime Stoppers at (216) 252-7463 or submit a tip here.