Illegal dumping is a problem all over the world. But why is it a problem? Waste that is not disposed of properly ends up poisoning plants and wildlife, along with contaminating landscapes and waterways. It also leads to pollution of public spaces, making it dangerous for people to use or access land. But perhaps the biggest problem it causes is the risk it poses to human health and wellbeing.

There are many U.S cities, specifically San Antonio, that have had numerous problems with illegal dumping in the last couple of years. In 2013, the Solid Waste Management Department collected 1,600 tons of debris from 3,000 collections in the city. Most of the time, people know they’re not properly disposing of waste, however, they purposely find places where people aren’t watching. If residents see items that are dumped illegally, they can report it to code enforcement. Their office ensures that illegal trash is being cleaned up. However, its job is not to investigate who dumped it. You can help report illegal dumping activity by calling 311 or (210)-335-6700.

One way the City of San Antonio prevents illegal dumping is by offering a Free Landfill Disposal Day to its residents. In 2016, there will be three days where residents will be able to dispose of their unwanted materials free of charge. These days are February 6, April 2 and July 9.


This event is only available to San Antonio residential Solid Waste Rate Payers. In order to dispose of waste, you must meet the following guidelines.

  • Must be a City of San Antonio solid waste fee rate payer
  • Bring a copy of your most recent CPS Energy Statement showing payment of City Service for Solid Waste Fee
  • Bring a valid picture ID
  • Cover your loads with a tarp

Residents have many places they can go to for free disposal. Here are the facilities listed by zip code:



Bitters Brush Recycling Center (Brush Only)


1800 Wurzbach Parkway



Southside Bulky Waste Collection Center (Bulky Items only)

5450 Castroville Rd.



Bitters Bulky Waste Collection Center (Bulky Items only)


1800 Wurzbach Parkway



Culebra RD. Bulky Waste and HHW Collection Center (Bulky Items & HHW only)


7030 Culebra Rd.



Republic Service Landfill

7000 IH 10 E



TDS Transfer Station

(Bulky Items only)


11601 Starcrest

*customer may be required to wear a safety vest on loan



Rigsby Avenue Bulky Waste Collection Center (Bulky Items only)

2755 Rigsby Avenue



Nelson Gardens Brush Recycling Center

(Brush only)


8963 Nelson Road



Frio City Road Bulky Waste Collection Center

(Bulky Items only)

1531 Frio City Road



Waste Management Landfill

8611 Covel Road

*customer may be required to wear a safety vest on loan

Accepted Materials

  • Appliances
  • Fencing material
  • Bagged litter
  • Brush
  • Carpet
  • Furniture
  • Mattresses
  • Tires (limit 6 passenger car tires per household)
  • Toilets
  • Water heaters

Items that are NOT Accepted

  • Roofing materials
  • Sheet rock
  • Dirt
  • Brick
  • Lumber
  • Industrial, Commercial or Construction waste

Free Landfill Disposal Day is a great opportunity for San Antonio residents to get rid of all of their unwanted junk. It’s also a great way to prevent illegal dumping. For more information about Free Landfill Disposal Day visit San Antonio’s website.