Kaufman County Courthouse
100 W. Mulberry
Kaufman, TX 75142

Hazardous waste and tire collection event has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 25th

Illegal Dumping

Litter and Trash

The Crime

  • Illegal Dumping

The Punishment

  • Fine up to $1,000,000
  • Incarceration up to 20 Years or Both

Illegally disposed litter, trash, rubbish, garbage, and hazardous waste, all are threats to public health. People, as well as animals, can get injured by broken glass, exposed metals, and other dangerous materials.

Rats, snakes, mosquitoes, and other pests can live in the garbage and transmit a disease to humans and pets. Rotting food attracts flies, which may carry germs that make people sick.

Harmful chemicals and other materials that are dumped can contaminate our waters. Dumping into waterways, like ditches, creeks, streams, and rivers can prevent the proper flow of water and cause flooding and pollution.

Illegal dumping costs money. Tax dollars spent for clean-up cannot be used for other needs. Illegal dumping is ugly. When someone dumps trash, others follow. Garbage builds up until it is cleaned at a cost that is passed along to citizens.

The Crime

  • Used Motor Oil
  • Violation – Handling Used Motor Oil

The Punishment

  • Fine from $1000 to $100,000
  • Imprisonment up to 15 Years or Both

One reason the punishment is so aggressive is that just one quart of used motor oil can contaminate 250,000 gallons of water.

Most people agree that pouring used motor oil into the local water supply would be a destructive act. Yet, many
people will still dump dirty motor oil in a sewer, drain, ditch, and on weeds.

However, rain creates runoff from virtually any place used motor oil might be dumped, and contaminated runoff is
one of the greatest causes of water pollution today.

Kaufman County provides oil recycling collection stations for citizens to deposit their used motor oil and filters at numerous locations throughout the county. This service is free of charge.

Oil collection stations are located at:

  • Precinct 1 Maintenance Barn
  • Precinct 2 Maintenance Barn
  • Precinct 3 Maintenance Barn
  • Precinct 4 Maintenance Barn

The Crime

  • Lead-Acid Batteries
  • Unauthorized Disposal of Lead-Acid Battery

The Punishment

  • Fine up to $4000
  • Imprisonment up to 1 Year or Both

Lead is a strong poison. Too much lead in your body can damage your brain and nervous system, blood, kidneys, digestive system, and reproductive system.

A lead-acid battery is a hazardous waste. Hazardous waste requires special handling and disposal.

LEVELS OF CHARGERS 

MISDEMEANOR

CLASS C…………………………..Fine to $500
CLASS B…………………………..Fine to $2000 Jail to 180 Days
CLASS A…………………………..Fine to $4000 Jail up to 1 Year

FELONY

STATE JAIL………………..Fine up to $10,000 180 Days to 2 Years
3RD DEGREE……………..Fine up to $10,000 2 to 10 Years
2ND DEGREE……………..Fine up to $10,000 2 to 20 Years
1ST DEGREE………………Fine up to $10,000 5 to 99 Years or Life
CAPITAL…………………….Life or Death