Although there are many reporting options, always start at the local level. Your local officials are familiar with properties and residents in their area, and should be able to respond quickly. Check to see if any of the following local agencies exist:

  • Local Police
  • Municipal Code Enforcement
  • County Code Enforcement
  • County Solid Waste Authority
  • County Health Department

If local agencies do not exist or if their response is unsatisfactory, you have other options. Below is a list of Pennsylvania’s littering and illegal dumping laws and enforcement agencies.

State Agency Will Respond If: Contact
PA State Police Enforces Pennsylvania’s Crime and Vehicle Codes and educates citizens all across Pennsylvania. The area is not covered by a local police department; litter and illegal dumping occurs on public land, such as a state road right-of-way; and Litter and illegal dumping occurs on private land, and the complainant owns that land which is not covered by a local police department. Contact closest State Police Station.
Department Headquarters:
1800 Elmerton Avenue Harrisburg, PA 17110
(717)783.5599
Website
PA Department of Environmental Protection  (Bureau of Waste Management, Bureau of Water Quality)Enforces and permits the Solid Waste Management Act, Waste Tire Recycling Act, Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act, and the Clean Streams Law Act among other regulations and educates citizens.  Illegal dumping only has occurred. Contact appropriate regional office.
Rachel Carson State Office Building
400 Market StreetHarrisburg, PA 17105
(717)783.2300
Website
PA Fish and Boat Commission Enforces fishing and boating regulations, educates citizens, manages fish hatcheries, and enhances and preserves the state’s aquatic environment. The trash lies in or near surface waters. Contact appropriate regional office.
1601 Elmerton Avenue
P.O. Box 67000
Harrisburg, PA 17106-7000
(717)705.7800
Website
PA Game Commission Enforces hunting, trapping, and wildlife regulations, promotes wildlife, hunter/trapper, and environmental education, manages wildlife, and conducts research.  Litter and illegal dumping occurs on State Game Lands and on private property that is open to hunting and fur taking. Contact appropriate regional office.
2001 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797
(717)787.4250
Website
PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (Bureau of State ParksBureau of Forestry) Maintains Pennsylvania’s State Parks and State Forests, enforces State Parks and State Forests Rules and Regulations, develops community conservation partnerships, provides environmental education and outreach, and provides information on the state’s ecological and natural resources.  Litter and illegal dumping impacts State Parks and State Forests. Contact appropriate State Park Office or State Forest District Office.
Rachel Carson State Office Building
P.O. Box 8767400 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8767
(717)787.2869
Website