Pennsylvania Littering and Illegal Dumping Laws

Current as of March 2015

 Law  Penalty  Enforcement Agencies
(Within Jurisdiction)
 
PA Vehicle Code, Title 75, Chapter 37 Covers litter and waste dropped, thrown, or deposited from a vehicle that lands upon any highway, other public or private property without the consent of the owner, or into or on the waters of the Commonwealth. Vehicle owners are responsible even if the owner was not driving or was not in the vehicle.  A summary offense and, upon conviction, may be sentenced to either or both: 1. To pay a fine of not more than $900 in an easement purchased under the Agricultural Area Security Law, $600 in an agricultural security area, or $300 anywhere else. 2. To pick up and remove litter for not less than 8 hours nor more than 16 hours for the first conviction. Local Police
PA State Police
PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)
Bureau of State Parks
Bureau of Forestry
(in state parks & forests only)
PA Vehicle Code, Title 75, Chapter 49 Covers escaped vehicle loads that cause injury to a person or damage to another vehicle or other property as a result of improper securing of such load. A summary offense and, upon conviction, may be sentenced:
1. To pay a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $300 if the violation results in no injury or damage. 2. To pay a fine of not less than $300 nor more than $1,000 if the violation results in injury to a person or damage to another vehicle or other property
Local Police
PA State Police
PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)
Bureau of State Parks
Bureau of Forestry
(in state parks & forests only)
PA Crimes Code, Title 18, Chapter 65 Covers litter or waste deposited into or upon any road or right-of-way, land of another, or into the waters of the Commonwealth. This can include someone illegally disposing their trash or someone who is paid to dispose of trash. A summary offense for the first offense and upon conviction thereof shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $300 or to imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or both. Local Police
PA State Police
PA Fish and Boat Commission
PA Game Commission
PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)
Bureau of State Parks
Bureau of Forestry
(in state parks & forests only)
 Law  Penalty  Enforcement Agencies
(Within Jurisdiction)
 
PA Environmental Protection Code,
Title 25 
Regulations are derived from the Solid Waste Management Act, Waste Tire Recycling Act, Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act, and the Clean Streams Law. This code makes it unlawful for anyone to dispose of waste, within the commonwealth, at anywhere other than to a facility that has a DEP permit to operate. It also requires vehicles used to haul waste to be appropriately marked and meet other restrictions. The exception is individuals hauling their own municipal waste to a permitted facility.
Depending on the violation: As a civil penalty, fine can be as high as $25,000 per offense. As a criminal penalty, fine can be between $100 and $500,000 per incident depending on the type of offense (i.e. summary offense, misdemeanor, felony) and degree. Vehicles can be seized and forfeited to the department if used to violate any regulation pertaining to the transportation of waste. PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Bureau of Waste Management
Bureau of Watershed Management
PA Code, Title 17, Chapters 11 & 21 Conservation and Natural Resources, State Parks, and State Forests Rules and Regulations Covers littering and illegal dumping in State Parks and State Forests. A summary offense under section 7506 of the Crimes Code. An additional fine of $10 may be imposed for each item of litter thrown, discarded, left, emitted, or deposited in violation of this section. PA DCNR
Bureau of State Parks
Bureau of Forestry
PA Fish and Boat Commission
PA Game Commission
PA Fish and Boat Code, Title 30,
Chapter 25 
Covers littering and illegal dumping on Commission-owned or controlled property and in or along waters or lands adjacent to or contiguous to waters of the Commonwealth. 
A summary offense under section 7506 of the Crimes Code. An additional fine of $10 may be imposed for each item of litter thrown, discarded, left, emitted, or deposited in violation of this section. PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
PA Fish and Boat Commission
PA Game Commission
 Law  Penalty  Enforcement Agencies
(Within Jurisdiction)
 
PA Game and Wildlife Code, Title 34, Chapter 25 Covers littering and illegal dumping on State Game Lands or on lands or waters open to public hunting or fur-taking. A summary offense of the third degree resulting in a fine of not less than $200 nor more than $500, which can be doubled for subsequent offenses. An additional fine of $10 may be imposed for each item of litter thrown, discarded, left, emitted, or deposited in violation of this section. PA Fish and Boat Commission
PA Game Commission
Local Ordinances Cover littering, illegal dumping, and storage of waste. Ordinances may vary in different municipalities. Varies by municipality. Local Code Enforcement Offices Local Solid Waste Authorities County Health Departments