Doña Ana County

DOÑA ANA COUNTY REMINDS RESIDENTS THAT DUMPING TRASH IN THE DESERT IS ILLEGAL

DOÑA ANA COUNTY REMINDS RESIDENTS THAT DUMPING TRASH IN THE DESERT IS ILLEGAL

In recent months, illegal dumping has increased in Doña Ana County.  The Doña Ana County Codes officers have picked up mattresses, appliances, TVs, computers, construction materials, discarded toilets and other household items. 

We have gone to great lengths to identify illegal dumpers, including searching through bags of garbage which puts our officers at great risk as they frequently encounter exposure to bacteria and other pathogens.  We began using hidden cameras strategically located in high dump areas, primarily geodistrict 2, (Radium Springs, Fairacres and Doña Ana), geodistrict 3 (Organ, WSMR, East Mesa, Butterfield), and geodistrict 4 (Mesilla, Mesilla Park, South Valley, Vado, San Miguel, La Mesa, Mesquite, Las Alturas) in an effort to pick up a license plate number or other identifying information. 

We have developed an app called “No Throw” that allows the user to report illegal dumping.  It is free in the App Store.  Alternatively, residents can always call Central Dispatch at (575) 526-0795 and make an anonymous report. 

Every day the Codes Officers patrol all around the county with a concentration on the high dump areas and along the river levees and far into the desert.  Codes Officers also clean graffiti on buildings, bridges and other structures. 

The Codes Officers have no law enforcement capabilities, but they do enforce the County ordinances that have been passed against illegal dumping.  The fine for illegal dumping is up to $300 and/or 90 days in jail. 

Doña Ana County Codes Division works hard to address illegal dumping and other illegal activities that ruin the natural beauty of our county and we need the public’s help to stop this illegal activity.  Use the app or call if you see illegal dumping taking place. 

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