Every municipality needs the appropriate resources to stop illegal dumping.
Unauthorized landfills are detrimental to the environment in many ways. Besides disease which is transferred to humans from rodents and insects that harbor within the debris and toxic pollution that enters the waterways, Illegal dumping can cause fires that decimate the environment.
In Southern Poland, a fire at an Illegal Landfill caused much damage to the environment. During the fire pollutants were released into the air and soil. In the studies multiple toxins were discovered.
The trouble of illegal dumping is increasing every year. The problem is there are not enough resources, or the resources used are ineffective to stop the issue.
The most effective Illegal Dumping Enforcement Programs are implemented using the right tools. Some municipalities are using video surveillance, but the video footage does not produce the images the prosecutor needs to win a case. There are many surveillance cameras being sold with the promise of license plates, but they cannot promise images of the person doing the actual dumping or evidence of what was dumped. License plates readers and video surveillance have their place and can be helpful in many areas, but these resources are not enough for the illegal dumping application.
Here are some questions to consider when strengthening your Illegal Dumping Program:
- Are your departments working together: Legislation, Code, Public Works, and Sanitation?
- Is your municipality providing enough toxic waste programs for your community?
- Are you educating the community on the environmental dangers?
- Is it easy for the citizens to lawfully dispose of their trash and unwanted items?
- Have you deployed Illegal Dumping Cameras, specifically designed with the illegal dumping application in mind?
- Are the Illegal dumping fines strict enough to deter illegal dumping?
An effective Illegal Dumping Camera must be able to be placed in remote areas where there is no internet and no electricity, must be able to capture high resolution images of long range details that will stand up in court, must be able to capture license plates in complete darkness, and must be resistant to vandalism and theft. If your illegal dumping cameras do not have these capabilities, then you do not have the right tool.
Make sure your municipality has the resources needed to stop illegal dumping.