Illegal Dumping is a problem that has been with us for a long time. Even with the endless education out there, please still choose to throw their stuff in areas that are not designated for trash. As a result, the environment, which people and animals depend on, is suffering.
The adverse effect of illegal dumping is much worse than people realize. There are many studies of illegal dumping in the area called “triangle of death”, referring to the area east of Southern Italy. Apparently, this area is approaching the record for the worst illegal dumping practices.
According to an article written in the National Library of Medicine, Environmental Pollution form Illegal Waste Disposal and Health Effects: A Review on the “Triangle of Death”, these practices were linked to higher cancer mortality in the long term and congenital malformation in the short term (less than a year).
Although more studies must be conducted, it is common sense that trash left in areas that are not for the use of dumping is going to leave behind health concerns for the community. Therefore, each city must have an illegal dumping program that combats and understands what they are combatting.
Waste Management in the local government does not have tools to combat illegal dumping. Sometimes, halting programs for lack of funds or manpower. But if the city does not have a low-cost solution for the community to depose of bulky items, hazardous waste, or debris, the items will end up in the park or other remote areas where toxins enter the soil and the water ways.
A Successful Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program:
- Education: Educate the community through social media, community engagements, and schools.
- Legislation: Legislate fines that are strong enough to deter residents and especially commercial companies.
- Staff Resources: Support dedicated staff to ensure the program is implemented and stays on track.
- Tools: Equip the department with dedicated tools. Illegal Dumping Enforcement Cameras, designed specifically to deter and to capture prosecutable images in complete darkness in remote areas, are needed.
- Enforcement: Enforce the safety of the environment and prosecute with the goal of stopping illegal dumping.
Build a Successful Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program and put an end to Illegal Dumping.