No Public Dumping


Despite the signs posted all over the park’s landscape, screaming “NO DUMPING IN PARK”, “ILLEGAL DUMPING IS A CRIME”, or “ILLEGAL DUMPING ZONE”, sometimes followed by “WARNING: VIOLATORS WILL BE PROSECUTED” in all caps, people still continue to illegally dump their unwanted items and waste within the park’s city limit. What such madness could drive a human to push the envelope and defy these signs, even after a serious warning was given if ignored?

Some of the possibilities could include…

  • High disposal fees · Laziness · Not enough legal disposal sites · Disposal site is too far away · Disapproval of authority · The person did not see the sign(s) · The person cannot read English · The person does not care about the environment

If a thought process was involved before the act was committed, sometimes there was a manifestation of indignation towards the rule or maybe towards the lawmakers, but not always. Whatever the reason may be, a failure to defer the written rules was what ultimately lead to the negligence.

This illegal dumping law is most definitely not in the wrong for existing; trash disposed in an improper manner could have significant ramifications to the environment. Even so, could it be that the consequences of breaking this law are not strict enough? For instance, if the fee for illegally disposing the waste was quite a bit higher than the legal disposal fees, or maybe even some jailtime to go along with it… would that be enough to change this person’s mind before dumping?

Some human studies prove that a higher number of college students remember far more by listening to a book rather than by reading it, meaning that those students are better audio-learning than their visual-learning peers. The visual learners understand more material if there are illustrations to go along with the reading. Even better yet, more is remembered from the book if listened to while reading along and viewing illustrations, compared to the traditional style of just reading alone, which helps individuals who are more on the tactile-learner side.

Hence, maybe having a sign all by itself is not a good enough warning. An illustration might help deter some, but still may not be enough. Further yet, what would a prosecution warning illustration look like? Would it be of a surveillance camera?

Regardless of the outcome, if even after significant warning the person chooses to illegally dump their unwanted item(s) in the remote area, the offender must be caught in the act in order to successfully prosecute. But not all images stand up in court.  An Illegal Dumping Camera, specifically designed to capture high resolution images that identify the perpetrator and the license plates in complete darkness are needed.

What is your community doing to stop Illegal Dumping?