You can’t throw away these 5 things in Texas

You’ve probably heard the term “illegal dumping” before. In some places it’s actually a legal term, although officials don’t always refer to it as “illegal dumping”. Like in Texas, where the law has a different name and has several different levels.

Texas has what is called the Litter Abatement Act. There are several different levels of punishment depending on what and where you dump it. You could be charged with anything from a felony that carries a prison sentence to a Class C misdemeanor that only carries a fine.

The City of Ennis Texas breaks down the penalties on its website:

crimes in state prison – If the amount dumped weighs 1,000 pounds or more or has a volume of 200 cubic feet or more OR if it was disposed of for commercial use and weighs 200 pounds or more or has a volume of 200 cubic feet or more or contains a closed drum or a drum, the maximum penalty is:

– Imprisonment in a state prison for not more than two years but not less than 180 days
– In addition, a person can be fined a maximum of $10,000

Class A misdemeanor – If the dumped amount weighs 500 pounds or more but less than 1,000 pounds, or has a volume of 100 cubic feet or more but less than 200 cubic feet, OR if it was disposed of for commercial purposes and weighs more than 5 pounds but less than 200 pounds or a volume greater than 5 gallons but less than 200 cubic feet, the maximum penalty is:

-Fine not exceeding $4,000
– Imprisonment for a maximum of one year
-Both fine and imprisonment

Class B misdemeanor – If the amount dumped weighs more than 5 pounds but less than 500 pounds, or has a volume greater than 5 gallons but less than 100 cubic feet, the maximum penalty is:

-Fine, which cannot exceed $2,000
– Imprisonment for a maximum of 180 days
-Both fine and imprisonment

Class C misdemeanor – If the amount dumped weighs 5 pounds or less or has a volume of 5 gallons or less, the maximum penalty is:

– Fine not exceeding $500

What many people miss about illegal dumping in Texas is that it doesn’t matter if the land is public or private. This means if you dump illegal substances or objects on your own property, you can expect these penalties.

But when it comes to public landfills and even landfills, here’s a quick look at things you can’t throw in Texas landfills…

5 Items Banned From Texas Landfills

You can’t just throw these items away with your regular trash.

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