The Harris County Precinct 5 Environmental Crimes Unit is a county-wide investigative unit that collaborates with other agencies within the Houston Galveston region. Precinct 5 has five deputies assigned to this specialized division. Our primary goal is to enforce all state and federal environmental laws, as well as improving the environment through remediation.
Illegal disposal of solid waste has become a major issue within our neighborhoods, both in the city of Houston and in the unincorporated areas of Harris County. We use the most updated techniques to investigate and pursue violators of these environmental crimes. Our investigators have received the most recent training regarding federal and state law in an effort to ensure success in their investigations.
The fines for environmental crimes depend on the amount of litter, solid waste or hazardous material that is dumped. The punishment can range from a Class C citation all the way up to Felony charges.
It is a Class C misdemeanor if the litter or other solid waste to which the offense applies weighs five pounds or less or has a volume of five gallons or less.
It is a Class A misdemeanor if the litter or other solid waste to which the offense applies 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 the litter or other solid waste is disposed for a commercial purpose and weighs more than five pounds but less than 200 pounds or has a volume of more than five gallons but less than 200 cubic feet.
It is a state jail felony if the litter or solid waste to which the offense applies (1) weighs 1,000 pounds or more or has a volume of 200 cubic feet, (2) is disposed of for commercial purpose and weighs 200 pounds or more or has a volume of 200 cubic feet or more or (3) or is contained in a closed barrel or drum.