Cameras to Deter Illegal Dumping

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Project Start Date

January 2020

Anticipated End Date



Various locations Citywide


Solid Waste Fund (enforcement fines)

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA Funding)

Strategic Commitment

Providing a Vibrant Infrastructure & Sustainable Environment

Project Summary

The City of Modesto Public Works Solid Waste Division partners with Modesto Police Department to install cameras in the areas of Modesto that have a high frequency of dumping, with the goal of five operating cameras at the end of 2022 and adding cameras each following year.

In July of 2022, the City received special funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) in the amount of $100,000 to purchase seven new cameras and License Plate Readers (LPR's) for the City of Modesto.

Project Description

Currently, Solid Waste receives roughly 290 illegal dumping reports per month but without witnesses or identifying information, most of the time the responsible party cannot be found. Solid Waste has mapped and tracked illegal dumping and identified a list of “hot spots” or high dumping areas that people frequently leave piles of trash, furniture, or green waste. 

Solid Waste partnered with the Modesto Police Department to install two cameras at hot spots on Bangs in 2019 and Whitmore in 2020. In 2021, a camera was installed on Vera Cruz, and on Chicago. Additional cameras are pending purchase and placement. 

Each year the goal is to continue to focus on high dumping areas by adding cameras and holding those responsible liable. Fines for illegal dumping are $1,000.