First, ask what objectives are in mind and what challenges are already in place.
Most cities today face the backlash of not keeping the community safe from the hazards of illegal dumping. Therefore, the objective is to keep the environment safe from hazardous waste and debris that harbor disease and disease carrying rats and mosquitoes. Having no illegal dumping activity would be ideal.
This is a challenge in so many ways. The citizens pollute their own community either by lack of knowledge, lack of care, or find it more profitable to do it anyway. The deposal of waste can be expensive for most people, especially large items such as appliances and construction debris. There is also the rise in homelessness and reduction of income in many communities. These challenges make it harder to legislate tougher fines and enforce laws already in place.
However, the community still needs to have clean water and not live with the risk of hazards illegal dumping causes, such as disease carrying rats, mosquitoes, and toxins that infect the area, water supplies, and spread to the whole community.
These concerns make it important to have an illegal dumping program that is effective and deters the problem.
Although fines are hard to impose, the alternative is making the whole community pay the costs of clean up, which could mean higher taxes or taking money from another resource that was meant to improve the lives of the citizens. Fines are an important function of a successful illegal dumping program, but only if the laws are enforced.
A successful Illegal Dumping Program must include many departments working together.
Social media, community engagements, and school activities are a great way to educate the community.
Although tough fines can be controversial, they are needed, especially for commercial companies.
A dedicated staff to implement and direct the program is essential.
Having the suitable tools to stop illegal dumping is essential. Prosecuting illegal dumping requires evidence to stand up in court. Make sure the illegal dumping enforcement cameras are designed specially to capture prosecutable images in complete darkness in remote areas.
To have a successful Illegal Dumping Program, enforcement needs to be a priority.
Is your city ready to implement a successful Illegal Dumping Program?
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