Illegal Dumping is a careless nuisance crime that not only takes a toll on the environment but also on the city’s pocketbook.
When people illegally dump tires, trash, and even toxic waste, the cities must pay to remove and dispose of the dumpsite and clean up any toxic elements introduced. It is estimated that there is currently approximately 98,995,672 tons of illegally dumped waste worldwide, with a contributing estimated 5-13 million metric ton of plastic entering the oceans. So who pays for the cleanup? The cities and the taxpayers! And there is a lot that needs to be cleaned up.
According to Green Eco Services, Colorado, among many other states, had to revise their budget plan to ensure that illegal dumpsites are taken care of and monitored, which included a $250,000 annual budget. Among the other states that have a budget, Los Angeles’s budget is $500,000 and growing.
Of course, it is always a good thing for cities to pick up the waste from the dumpsites, but illegal dumpers always seem to find their way back to the dumpsite. How can Illegal dumpers be stopped?
A Successful Illegal Dumping Program must have:
- Education: Educate the community about the hazards and the cost of illegal dumping.
- Hotlines: Hotlines are a very useful tool when there are witnesses nearby.
- Legislation: Strict laws to combat illegal dumping.
- Enforcement: Enforce, respond, investigate, and prosecute.
- Staff Resources: Staff that is trained and dedicated to combat the illegal dumping problem.
- Illegal Dumping Cameras: Cameras specifically designed to provide prosecutable evidence in dark remote areas, where illegal dumping usually occurs.
Create a successful program and end illegal dumping!