Los Angeles Illegal Dumping

Resources Needed to Combat Illegal-Dumping

Los Angeles City calls for non-profit agencies to step-up and help combat its Illegal Dumping and litter crisis, which has grown to measures described by many as an “out-of-control” problem.  City Officer Miguel Santana is stepping out and asking for resources to fight the war on Illegal-Dumping in Los Angeles.

A hefty handful of cities, especially the larger cities such as Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, are in dire need of warriors and assets that are ready for this battle on illegal dumping.  However, an army of civilians is as good as none, if they go without the resources to help them gain the upper hand.  This is an issue that can financially sink a city if the proper resource plan is not instigated wisely.

An imperative resource in helping any city combat illegal-dumping is education. Keep the public educated on littering and illegal trash dumping. Many civilians are simply unaware of all the laws involved on what exactly is considered illegal dumping.  Another concern that needs to be addressed is the lack of knowledge many city residents have on exactly where to dump their trash legally.  Educating the public is where non-profits need to step in and lend a hand to the city.

Another important resource is the extra eye. Metropolitan residents may pose useful, becoming an extra eye in their vicinity if they are encouraged to report the litterbugs.  The watchful public can help by taking down license plate numbers of someone they see illegally dumping materials from their car.  If they are able to film or capture the crime with the camera on their phone, as well as capture the suspect’s license plate number, this serves as possible evidence and can be used to prosecute illegal trash dumping in court. Self-powered, covert cameras designed to capture license plates are also available to serve as an eye in the sky and can be especially useful in less trafficked areas.

A Third vital resource is the city’s ordinances.  If the city’s ordinates against illegal-dumping include a heavy fine, it actually functions as two purposes.  One, it will better ensure that the impulsive litterbug will think twice before illegally dumping their trash again.  Two, the city may use the paid fine as a financial aid to further their illegal-dumping resources, maybe even adding revenue to the city budget.

If the great City of Angels is calling for extra means to fight their growing illegal-dumping catastrophe, chances are they aren’t  alone.  Cities must find the funds to combat and deter their illegal-dumping nuisance crimes and provide every necessary resource, before their own city issue grows out of control.




Waste and littering

Budgeting for Proactive Illegal Dumping Programs

Illegal dumping is a type of theft that robs the very land, nature and resources from the community.  Trash left behind kills wildlife and suffocates our forests and our air; it ravages the cities’ water supplies and piles up on every corner.  It burdens companies and homeowners, driving them into debt as they are forced to address the trash left on their property.  It keeps many cities and police departments, large and small, scrambling on how to track down the next move of the litterbugs.  It is costing municipalities millions each year to tame this out of control nuisance.

There are proactive programs available to secure maintenance and deterrence for the illegal dumping offense.  However, how does a company, homeowner, or city find the resource of finances to equip them with this necessary line of defense?

Think of budgeting for a program to fight illegal waste as more of an investment than an expense.  As with any investment, one must weigh the pros and the cons.   One pro to reflect on is if the program’s advantage is to create a deterrent for illegal dumping, the cost may end there, if  the solution gives the tools you need to halt the issue.  Many cities have even found a well thought out program can generate revenue.

Evaluate the cost it will take to invest in an illegal dumping program vs. the price you pay battling the dumping problem without assistance.  Remember to add the newly generated revenue from fines and work out the budget for the year. If the problem turns out to be costing more money than a solution, maybe it’s time to consider extra help. By budgeting for a lending hand in combatting the pesky litterbugs, you will end up spending less money and time on illegal dumping and be able to save your budget for the sweeter, less smelly, endeavors this year.

penalty for littering or dumping

Combat Illegal Dumping with Revenue Generating Initiatives

Whilst driving on the interstate, it is not uncommon to notice signs displaying a penalty for littering or dumping.  These signs are there to remind commuters that, besides the intentional littering, even a queen-sized mattress previously thought to be secured tightly to the roof of the vehicle during a move that comes to rest on the shoulder of the roadway and not expeditiously re-obtained is illegal.

Such is the case nationwide.  Not just on our freeways and interstate highways, but on both public and private property everywhere.  As all municipalities know, littering is not just an eyesore; dumping is a threat to the health of the community and the environment. Therefore, the need to actively deter and create Illegal dumping initiatives is birthed.

Illegal dumping initiatives are most often introduced and passed at the state level.  These laws punish offenders most often by a fine and are considered infractions.  Repeat offenders can look forward to misdemeanor or felony charges appearing on their criminal records and facing the likelihood of imprisonment, as well as a hefty fine to boot.

Currently, the fine for illegally discarding trash can range from a minimum of $250 to upwards of $1000.  “Commercial quantities” or materials considered “hazardous” are fined up to $10,000 under illegal dumping laws.  For every day the discarded mess is not picked up and properly disposed of, it is a new violation, and thus, a new fine is given.  If used automobile tires or batteries are amongst the items dumped, all fines are then doubled according to California’s illegal dumping laws.  Another possible revenue many municipalities consider is charging per pound of illegally dumped material.  This is especially profitable with dumped bulk items or if the waste is hazardous.

When the government generates revenue through the means of fines, restitution, and seizing assets for illegal dumping, it not only deters the unwanted activity, it benefits the municipalities by helping to pay for the cleanup and the damage spawned by the dumped material.  Keep in mind, the higher the fine the less likely people will continue to dump bulk amounts of trash illegally.  Is your city on task with generating the necessary revenue to combat the illegal dumping problem?

lumber yard graffiti

Graffiti at Lumber Yards

There may never be a shortage of walls on which a would-be graffiti vandal might adorn with his personalized signature. And because graffiti cleanup has to be meticulously maintained to discourage other potential vandals from doing the same, that wall becomes an exercise in honing that “artist’s” style. This  frustrating cycle of graffiti vandalism continues for months, and sometimes, even years.

Of the most common places graffiti-vandals target, lumber yards are seen as the ideal place to display their “art”. After all, lumber bays exterior walls are often very long as well as tall, giving graffiti vandals an opportunity to “go all out”, so to speak. The areas these lumber yards are built in are very industrial and lack any civilian oversight in late night and early morning hours. This inability to be seen committing the crime, and thus being caught, is the number one motivating factor behind most incidences of vandalism.

When a lumber yard is targeted by graffiti vandals, it then becomes the responsibility of the owner of the yard to ensure that the graffiti is cleaned up quickly. The cost of that cleanup is also absorbed by the yard owner. Many cities throughout the U.S. go so far as to impose fines on those businesses that aren’t quick enough to take care of the issue and charge the yard owner the cities’ cost to clean the graffiti up.

Graffiti prevention is often a hard-pressed issue. More lighting on problem areas, fences or bushes to prevent access, and security patrols can often deter graffiti vandals in a more common situation, but lumber yards seem to lie right in the middle of the most industrial area of a town, often resting right next to the cities railroad tracks. The sheer size of such a property can make finding a proper solution to the problem frustrating to say the least.