Illegal trash dumping in cities not only carries a horrid smell and is ugly to see, it also attracts flies, mosquitos, cockroaches, mice, rats, and other vermin. This creates an unpleasant experience for those who live and do business in the city, but it also poses a serious health hazard.
Cockroaches and mice are creatures that have more in common than I’m sure most of us would like to admit. They both carry disease and are filthy, they are both very fast and can fit into tiny cracks and crevices, and both groups can also multiply at excessively fast rates, making the extermination task that much more difficult to accomplish.
Living spaces within the city tend to already be on the smaller side. People start to feel crammed in their mini hobbit-sized apartments, causing them to get rid of more of their less favorite stuff. A common dilemma too that city folks run into is thrift stores have strict rules about the donations they accept, especially since Covid-19. Also, bulk items carry a price to pay in order to be picked up. When legal dump sites for bulk items cost more than people are willing to pay, and at the same time your urban neighbor is getting sick of their shabby-chic rocking chair that’s falling apart and handed down by their grandmother, they might be tempted to illegally dump the item into the dumpster or at another illegal dump site.
Dumpsters become full past their prime quickly within the city. If city folks encounter this when they go to throw out their trash, where else are they going to dump it? This leads to an ever-increasing problem of these vermin attraction sites in urban areas. Others are the negligent type, or just don’t care anymore since the city already has litter speckled about in every alleyway. If the city has a high homelessness rate, that also contributes to its increased illegal waste-dumping problem.
Next time your city council has a meeting about shrinking your city’s illegal dumping crisis, learn how to implement an effective Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program.
What is your city doing to stop illegal dumping?