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Illegal Dumping

Illegal Dumping

It is illegal to dump trash, construction debris, furniture, or appliances in St. Petersburg alleys. There is a minimum $500 fine for illegal dumping. Report violators to the St. Petersburg Police Tip Line at 892-5000, 24 hours a day.

Call 893-7398 to schedule free pickup of old furniture and appliances (up to four pieces.)

City Ordinances / Statutes

7-94 Abandon Vessels/Water Craft Class IV - Fine $118
Vessels and Water Craft abandon in the City may be removed by the City. If ownership can be determined, the owner shall be given written notice requiring removal within 10 days. Any owner who has failed to remove abandon or sunken vessel or water craft shall be liable to the City for all costs incurred by its removal.

8-198 Disposal of Garbage Class III - Fine $143
Each owner or occupant of a Dwelling shall dispose of all garbage, organic waste, animal excreta, etc. in a clean sanitary manner by placing it in the garbage disposal facilities, or garbage containers.

8-199 Disposal of Rubbish Class III - Fine $143
Each owner or occupant of a dwelling shall dispose of all rubbish for which he/she occupies in a clean and sanitary manner by placing it in rubbish storage facilities.

21-42 Discarding of Refuse Class IV - Fine $93
A) Discarding of refuse except in the containers provided for such purpose is prohibited.

B) Discarding of refuse in a container provided on park property is prohibited except for refuse resulting from the use of the park.

C) Each discard of refuse on park property not within an appropriate container shall be considered a separate violation.

27-465 Unlawful Disposal of Refuse Class IV - Fine $500 
A) It shall be unlawful to deposit garbage, industrial waste, garden trash, tree trimmings, non combustibles or rubbish on the premises of another or upon any street, alley, park, or other public property, or in any canal, water, waterway, rock pit, pool or lake within the City, or in any garbage or rubbish container which another person shall have paid the collection fee. Tenants of multiple dwellings, commercial businesses, or institutional establishments may deposit in the containers with the owner shall have paid the collection fee provided the owner had authorized the tenants to use such container.

B) Notwithstanding the foregoing, garbage and rubbish from residences serviced by alley collection sharing containers with other residences may deposit in other residential containers in the same city block provided it's a multi use container and the fee shall have been paid by the residence generating such garbage or rubbish.

27-498 Unlawful Practices 
It is unlawful and a violation of this article for any person to do or permit to be done any act which is in violation of this article. Such a prohibited act is punishable by a fine of $500.00 per incident. An incident is deemed the removal of materials from a single place.

It shall be unlawful for any person to deposit any garden trash upon any lot or premises belonging to another, whether vacant or improved, occupied or unoccupied, public or private, or in the waters within the City.

Statutes

403.413 Florida Litter Law
(6a) Any person who dumps litter in violation of subsection 4 the amount not exceeding 15 lbs in weight or 27 cubic feet in volume and not for commercial purposes is guilty of a non criminal infraction punishable by a civil penalty of $50.00. In addition the court may require the violator to pick up litter or perform other labor commensurate with the offense committed.

(6b) Any person who dumps litter in violation of subsection 4 in an amount exceeding 15 lbs in weight or 27 cubic feet in volume, but not exceeding 500 lbs in weight or 100 cubic feet in volume and not for commercial purposes is guilty of a Misdemeanor of the first degree. In addition, the court shall require the violator to pick up litter or perform another service commensurate with the offense committed. Further, if the violation involves the use of a vehicle, upon a finding of guilt, whether or not adjudication is withheld or an imposition of sentence is withheld, deferred, or suspended, the court shall forward a record of finding to DHSMV which shall record a penalty of 3 points on the violators drivers license.

(6c) Any person who dumps litter in violation of subsection 4 in the amount exceeding 500 lbs in weight or 100 cubic feet in volume or in any quantity of commercial purposes, or dumps litter that is hazardous waste defines by 403.703, is guilty of a 3rd degree Felony. In addition the court may order the violator to:

  1. remove or render harmless the litter he/she dumped.
  2. repair or restore property damaged by, or pay damages for any damage arising from his/her dumping litter.
  3. perform a public service relating to the removal of litter dumped, or restoration of an area polluted by dumping of litter.

(6d) A motor vehicle, vessel, aircraft, container, crane, winch, or machine used to dump litter that exceeds 500 pounds in weight or 100 cubic feet in volume is declared contraband and is subject to forfeiture in the same manner as provided in ss.932.703 and 932.704.

823.11 Abandon and Derelict Vessels
(1) It is unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to store or leave any vessel as defined by maritime law in a wrecked, junked, or substantially dismantled condition or abandoned upon or in any public water or at any port in this state without the consent of the agency having jurisdiction thereof, or docked at any private property without the consent of the property owner.

(2) The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is designated as the agency of the state empowered to remove or cause to be removed any abandon or derelict vessel from public waters in any instance when the same obstructs or threatens to obstruct navigation or in any way constitutes a danger to the environment. Any costs, shall be recoverable against the owner of the property. The commission may delegate its authority to the county or municipality to cause the removal of the abandon or derelict vessel from the public waters within the municipality or county.

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