With millions more people staying at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people are noticing the unnecessary clutter in their homes. The cost to properly dispose of unwanted clutter can be steep. The average cost of disposing of furniture or other major appliances is $250, but could be as much as $800. Unfortunately, waste removal expenses easily add up to thousands of dollars, for people wanting to clear out years-worth of old furniture from their homes. Rather than pay such a hefty sum for trash disposal, thousands of people have decided to adopt a criminal lifestyle by illegally dumping their unwanted junk.
It is good that people are taking initiative in tidying up their homes, but the way in which they dispose their trash is far from okay.
During the pandemic, the rate of illegal dumping has increased across the United States, especially in California. In Los Angeles alone, there has been a 19% increase in 311 requests to remove illegally dumped trash. Due to the conditions caused by the pandemic, people everywhere are more likely to engage in illegal dumping.
With the massive increase of illegal dumpers across the nation, cities need to step up their game, because illegal dumping causes disease, lower property value, and a lower quality of life.
What is a community to do to stop this illegal dumping problem? Cities need to formulate an Illegal Dumping Program to combat this crisis.
An Illegal Dumping Program:
- Educate: Inform your community about the dangers of Illegal Dumping
- Enable: partner with the community and other departments within the city to stand up against illegal dumping
- Equip: Give your community the right tools to end illegal dumping
Fortunately, there is solution to end illegal dumping.
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