Rubbish and Public Health

Report Illegal Dumping / Disposal

To report illegal dumping or disposal, or other rubbish hazards, contact contact Police dispatch at 503-629-0111.

City codes exist to keep Forest Grove both safe and pleasant and specifically forbids hazards that present a threat to public health, such as pollution or by attracting vermin who carry disease. Some examples of public health hazards include:

  • Accumulations of debris, rubbish, manure, or other refuse that are not removed within a reasonable time
  • Stagnant water that affords a breeding place for mosquitos and other insect pests
  • Pollution of a body of water, well, spring, stream, or drainage ditch by sewage, industrial wastes or other substances placed in or near the water in a manner that will cause harmful material to pollute the water
  • Decayed or unwholesome food offered for human consumption
  • Premises that are in such a state or condition as to cause an offensive odor or that are in an unsanitary condition
  • Drainage of liquid wastes from private premises
  • Cesspools or septic tanks that are in an unsanitary condition or that cause an offensive odor
  • Mastics, oil, grease, or petroleum products are allowed to be introduced into the sewer system by a user connected to the sewer system

All rubbish must be disposed of properly and in a timely manner.

Any sort of rubbish, trash, debris, refuse, or any substance that would mar the appearance, create a stench or fire hazard, detract from the cleanliness or safety of property - whether public or private - or would be likely to injure a person, animal or vehicle traveling on a public way is forbidden by City Code.