Success with an Illegal Dumping Program
Illegal Dumping Programs come in all different shapes and sizes, depending on the need of the city. So how do you measure the success of an Illegal Dumping Program? Has your city noticed a decrease in activity of illegal dumping? If not, then you need to research why.
Statics show cities globally have seen a dramatic increase of illegal dumping during Covid. Reasons varied, including a disruption of city resources to an increase of waste in the average household. People’s big trash items like appliances have increased due to the appliances being used more often due to people being home. The city’s resources were lacking due to some employees being kept at home. Therefore, a lot of people were either not sure how to dispose of their unwanted large items, or they did not care and illegally left their items where it was most convenient for them.
Unfortunately, even with people going back to work, the problem of illegal dumping has not lessened, but is getting worse. Dump sites attract more dumping. It is time for your illegal dumping program to be refreshed. A successful Illegal Dumping Program involves many departments within the city. Does your city care enough to put in the effort it takes to create and maintain a vibrant Illegal Dumping Program?
- Education: Educate the community through social media, community engagements, and the schools.
- Legislation: Tough legislation is needed. Stiff fines need to be adopted especially for commercial companies that illegally dump.
- Staff Resources: To be successful, there needs to be dedicated staff to ensure the program is implemented and stays on track. So many programs lose the steam because their staff is scattered without focus.
- Tools: Not all tools can do the job. You should not use a screwdriver when a hammer is needed. Therefore, the right tools, illegal dumping enforcement cameras, designed especially to capture prosecutable images in complete darkness in remote areas are needed.
- Enforcement: Enforcement is another key factor. Without the laws needed, the dedicated staff and the prosecutable evidence a city cannot enforce. Enforcement is needed to deter further illegal dumping activity.
Is your city ready to protect the environment and create a successful Illegal Dumping Program?