Report Illegal Burning or Dumping or Littering or Stealing in Orange County
This is a guide to help report illegal dumping, littering, or burning or if you see unlawful scavenging from recycling containers:
In Chapel Hill call (919) 969-5100.
Otherwise call 911.
If you see dumping down a storm drain or directly into a water source, creek, lake or wetland:
Chapel Hill- (919) 969-7246
Carrboro- (919) 918-7326
Hillsborough or unincorporated Orange County- (919) 245-2588.
Littering: You can call or email the State Department of Transportation’s hot line: “SWAT A LITTERBUG” when you see someone tossing anything from a cigarette butt to a bag of garbage.
- Swat a Litterbug on the NC DOT website
- Call DOT Customer Service Office at 1-877-DOT-4YOU (1-877-368-4968)
- Request a mail-in card from Orange County Solid Waste Management (919) 968-2788 ext. 109 or email
Upon receipt of the litterbug information, NC DOT will:
- Notify the vehicle owner of the littering offense
- Inform the vehicle owner of the penalties for littering
- Urge the litterbug to stop littering
Burning: It is illegal to burn garbage anywhere anytime in Orange County. To report garbage burning, call Solid Waste Enforcement staff at 919-968-2788 at extension 109 or 107 or email.
It is illegal to burn yard debris or leaves within Town limits of the three towns in Orange County. Call 911 to report it.
It is sometimes OK to burn yard debris or leaves in the unincorporated areas outside Town limits. If you see yard debris or leaves being burned and are not sure if it is OK or being done safely call enforcement staff at 919-968-2788 extensions 109 or 107.
Stealing: If you see anyone stealing materials from recycling containers, call 911. Do not attempt to stop them yourself. The materials inside the Orange County recyclig containers become the property of Orange County once they are placed there.