“Illegal dumping, also known as “midnight” dumping, is the term used to describe disposing of waste in unauthorized areas.” Illegal dumping is an environmental crime and depending on the circumstances, this crime could be classified as a misdemeanor or even a felony and the fines can be quite heavy. Some people may think that illegal dumping should not even be classified as a crime and may seem like a dismissible act. However, this is an incredibly faulty conclusion. Illegal dumping is a serious matter because it negatively affects communities and the environment in numerous ways. One of which is the spread of disease.
The accumulation of waste at illegal dumping sites exponentially spreads disease to people in the surrounding area. The reason for this is that illegal dumping sites provide the perfect habitat for disease spreading creatures such as mosquitoes and rodents. Mosquitoes can breed 100 times faster than usual in stagnant water, and dump sites with discarded tires can hold large quantities of stagnant water. Additionally, illegal dumping sites will contaminate any source of water which it comes into contact with. This means that illegal dumping can ruin rivers or ponds, thus making it difficult for communities to access clean water. This also endangers the wildlife. Therefore, illegal dumping spreads disease within communities and is a direct threat to the health of a community.
How do we stop illegal dumping?
The answer: illegal dumping cameras. With so many places where illegal dumping can occur, it is impossible to have an adequate number of hired personnel to monitor all the potential dump sites. But if a community utilizes illegal dumping cameras, they can have eyes and ears in every necessary remote location with minimal personnel. These remote cameras are specially designed to stop illegal dumping.
What is your community doing to stop the spread of disease caused by illegal dumping?
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