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What To Do If You Find an Illegal Dump Site

09/10/2020

Wagoner County Sheriff Chris Elliott wants Wagoner County to be the most beautiful county in the State of Oklahoma. Documenting illegal dumpsites throughout Wagoner County is a critical step in educating people about illegal dumping on our lands and waters and ultimately in helping to restore the natural beauty of our county. Here is some valuable information on what to do if you find an illegal dump site.
 
Upon discovering an illegal dump site in Wagoner County, you should report the location to the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office as soon as possible at 918-485-3124. If you know that the property is publicly owned or you know the property owner and have permission to enter, you may observe the trash. DO NOT disturb or move any of the trash. Also, be aware that picking through trash poses some health and safety risks. If you are uncertain as to who owns the property, DO NOT Trespass, simply report the location. It is especially important that a Deputy finds any evidence undisturbed, as this prevents any question of whether there was tampering of evidence.
 
Your timely reporting, along with clear evidence, could help identify the person(s) responsible for the illegal dump. The longer you wait, the more that the chances for successful prosecution decrease, and the size of the dump could possibly grow in size. Do not be hesitant to report any older dump sites, as you may be the first to report it.
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