When people are dumping trash and other harmful substances it not only effects the environment but also the community it is dumped in. Illegal dumping is becoming an epidemic throughout the United States, especially in lower income cities.
Low income communities are at a disadvantage when it comes to cleaning up their city. According to the University of Michigan, “low income communities are seen as the path of least resistance because they have fewer resources”. Illegal dumping is more prone to happening in low income cities because they cannot afford the standard fees to dispose of the trash legally. There is also a trend of “Outsiders” who travel from different neighborhoods to illegal dispose of their trash not wanting to dirty their own neighborhoods.
These low-income neighborhoods are targets to illegal dumping and it needs to be stopped. There are many things that we can do to help prevent and help save these low-income cities from being targeted.
- Illegal Dumping Cameras. These cameras help deter crime before it happens. With these cameras, the problem of illegal dumping is combatted.
- Awareness of illegal dumping. The community should raise awareness of the problem of illegal dumping, through education and using social media platforms.
#StopIllegalDumping #NoIllegalDumping #IllegalDumpingCameras