The Difference Between Litter and Illegal Dumping

Litter is small amounts of trash that pollute our streets and creeks. If you see litter, please pick it up and put it in a trash can before it is swept into a storm drain and washed into a nearby creek.

Illegal dumping occurs when people dump large amounts of garbage such as furniture, appliances, and hazardous waste instead of disposing of it properly. Dumped materials attract additional dumping and criminal activities, lower economic value, and are a health and safety problem. Placing these items on the curb without scheduling a bulky pickup appointment is also illegal dumping.

Report Illegal Dumping

Where Report To Contact Information
In Progress Fremont Police 510-790-6800,  #3
Public Spaces, Sidewalks, Streets City of Fremont 510-494-4570 or
Freeways and Off-Ramps CalTrans Report Online
Railroad Areas Union Pacific Railroad 1-888-877-7267
Creeks Alameda County Flood Control Report Online or 510-670-5500

Dumping of Large Items and Littering is Illegal

Dumping of trash, refuse, litter or other types of solid waste is illegal and a violation of the Fremont Municipal Codes and the California Penal Code. Placing items by the curb with a “Free” sign is illegal dumping. Individuals who are caught illegally dumping can be fined (per violation per day):


1 California Penal Code 374.3(a) PC 2 Fremont Municipal Code 1.20.080 3 California Penal Code 374.3 PC
Violation Fines Fines
Frequency Commercial Quantities (misdemeanor1) Other Quantities (administrative2 or infraction3)
1st $1,000 to $3,000 $100 to $1,000 
2nd $3,000 to $6,000  $200 to $1,500 
3rd $6,000 to $10,000  $500 to $3,000 

Schedule a Free Bulky Goods Pickup

If you have items you need to get rid of, schedule a free bulky goods pickups from Republic Services. Residents are entitled to two per year.

Public Garbage Cans

Cans are installed near high pedestrian areas and at bus stops. 

There are numerous litter cans throughout the City that are either attached to a bus stop shelter or are along high pedestrian areas. Litter cans on bus stop shelters are maintained by Clear Channel Outdoor. The City has installed over 100 public litter cans in high pedestrian areas and near the bus stop shelters to help reduce littering and to help keep Fremont clean. The cans on the streets are serviced by Republic Services.

Report Garbage Cans

Where Report To Contact Information
On Bus Stop Shelters Clear Channel Outdoor 1-888-237-4351
Damaged or Vandalized or Full City of Fremont 510-494-4570

Tips for Businesses and Property Managers

If illegal dumping occurs on your property:

  • Call Republic Services at (510) 657-3500 to order a pickup and get information on lock service for your bin 
  • Items can be self-hauled to the Fremont Recycling and Transfer Station. 

To prevent future dumping:

  • Get lock service for your dumpsters
  • Keep your waste area clean – dirty waste areas attract more dumping
  • Install cameras and motion-activated lighting
  • Post “No Dumping” and “Cameras in Use” signs 

Read the Illegal Dumping FAQs for Businesses for more information (Create own FAQs; link is San Jose FAQs) · Read the Illegal Dumping FAQs for Property Managers for more information (Create own FAQs; link is San Jose FAQs)

Tips for Single-Family Homes

Schedule a Bulky Items Pickup

Residents with curbside pickup are eligible for two free bulky pick-ups annually. Schedule with Republic Services at 510-657-3500

Bulky Item Pickup Guidelines

  • Residents can dispose of up to eight cubic yards of material
  • No single item can weigh over 150 lbs each, or be longer than 4 feet.
  • Up to two appliances or large items (not to exceed 150 lbs).
  • Items collected include large appliances, microwave ovens, furniture, televisions, stereos, and computers.
  • Recyclable items like computers and televisions will be salvaged as part of the service.
  • No hazardous material (car batteries, pesticides, paint, etc.) or construction and demolition debris (concrete, dirt, roofing, etc.) will be accepted

Prevent illegal dumping on your property

  • Keep your property cosmetically clean. Dirty properties attract more dumping.
  • Install cameras and motion-activated lighting
  • Report any illegal dumping in progress to Fremont Police at 510-790-6800,  #3
  • Read the Illegal Dumping FAQs for Residents for more information (Create own