How do we keep neighborhoods vulnerable to gun violence clean and healthy?
The Department of Energy and Environment’s DumpBusters Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program works to target trash by collaboration between the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Environmental Crimes Unit and the Department of Public Works (DPW) Solid Waste Education and Enforcement Program.
How does it help?
DumpBusters promotes the health and beauty of the city. The program helps to prevent trash and debris from entering the Anacostia River which runs through Southeast and Northeast DC. Keeping neighborhoods clean and healthy improves life for all residents.
How much is invested?
This program is ongoing and was supplemented by additional funds to focus on at-risk neighborhoods starting in FY22.
Who uses this program?
Residents and people visiting DC are encouraged to call 911 if they see illegal dumping in progress. Residents can call 311 to report a dump that has already occurred.