Illegal dumping is an unsightly scene. The flying dumping site breeds bacteria, lowers home values and poses a danger to families living nearby. However, illegal dumping grounds also increase the risk of more crime to the affected area.
For example, when people see abandoned trash, tires and mattresses in a vacant lot, they assume a few more tires or broken pieces of furniture added to the junkyard won’t make much of a difference, thus adding to the fly dumping pile.
An essay on the effects of illegal dumping to Lawrence, PA states that one improperly disposed article can cause a “chain reaction” to your community in many harmful ways.
Amongst this “chain link” of fly dumping, is the attraction of illegal drugs and drug manufacturers. Harmful and highly dangerous narcotics are often the types of drugs that are drawn in by illegal dumping. Drugs related garbage sometimes found at the site are meth lab materials and heroin needles.
In addition to destroying community pride, fly dumping also attracts gatherings of rowdy people that behave in an unwanted manner. Disorderly teenagers often find illegal dumping sites to be “fun” hangout sites and sometimes take to vandalizing nearby homes and parks as part of their group activities.
What are communities to do to prevent this chain reaction?
They cannot simply rely on the local people to stop fly dumping and clean up the litter. Either a community can spend time and money on fixing the harm illegal dumping causes, or they can prevent the harm and be proactive by building an Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program.
Communities must make an investment in illegal dumping prevention.
An Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program investment is necessary to protect the safety of local communities and prevent other crimes in neighborhoods. It is possible for the chain link of crimes to be broken.
An Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program includes many departments within the city, and the departments must work together to be successful.