The City of Los Angeles is responsible for maintaining the sidewalks, streets and alleyways within its boundaries. But what is open for use by everyone is being abused. Businesses and individuals are illegally dumping tens of thousands of tons of garbage, debris and harmful substances, contributing to urban blight and public health risks and leading to a lesser quality of life in impacted neighborhoods. Controller Galperin’s report, Piling Up: Addressing L.A.’s Illegal Dumping Problem, evaluates L.A.’s push to eliminate illegal dumping and urges the City to better address its root causes.

Use the dashboard above to explore illegal dumping service requests received by the Bureau of Sanitation in Los Angeles by year, location, source, and type of service. The information displayed reflects the data examined in the Controller’s report from 2016 to Sept. 2020.