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Frustrations of Illegal Dumping

Frustrations of Illegal Dumping

There is no end to the frustrations of illegal dumping.  As a city official, you have the never-ending job of dealing with the community complaints of the unsightly trash creating disease.  Then you must be creative and find the funds for the costly clean-up.

Illegal dumping brings the esteem of the community low.  Who wants to live in a city cluttered with trash?  And most people know trash brings disease in the form of bacteria and disease carrying rats.  People expect the city council to not only be aware of the problem but to take care of it.

Unfortunately, this illegal dumping problem is increasing.  According to the Oakland Public Works, they cleaned up 29,000 reported piles in 2016, a 100-percent increase from what City crews were picking up five years ago.

The cost is increasing as well. According to a Burns-McDonnel February 2017 Study, The Cost of Litter and Illegal Dumping in Texas (A Study of Nine Cities Across the State), the nine cities who participated spent more than $50 million annually to prevent, combat and clean up.

But…there is a solution.

Did you know with the right ordinances and tools, you can tackle this problem?

Although, implementing an effective program can be daunting, cities should look at this challenge as an opportunity to make a difference. If the ordinances are written correctly, the program could even generate revenue, adding resources to the city. If you are a city official with the challenge of illegal dumping, do not despair.  Create and Implement an Illegal Dumping Solution that will bring pride to the community you serve.

EARTH DAY HAS COME AND GONE, NOW WHAT?

Earth Day has come and gone, now what?

Vandalism and Illegal Dumping are significantly impacting our earth.  If you are serious about saving our planet, deter and stop these nuisance crimes before they happen.

If you’re like many people, Earth Day is a conscious reminder that you might not recycle as much as you’d like, that you should buy a reusable water bottle, or perhaps to lay off the straws at restaurants. While all of these are great commitments to keep our planet beautiful in small ways that add up, there is another assurance that can stop large amounts of waste and environmental destruction in a big way.

Preventing nuisance crimes before they happen does just that.

Vandalism and illegal dumping continue to plague the community with the pollution that they cause.

Vandalism causes waste.  Destroyed property is thrown out and replaced.  And while most communities do all they can to recycle this waste, sometimes it just isn’t possible, causing more space to be taken up in a landfill.  This could have been prevented by proactive crime deterrence and behavior modification tools.

Illegal dumping is another major issue cities and communities across the world face daily that has a significant impact on the environment. Hazardous waste, or any other type of waste has a tremendous negative impact on the environment and natural habitats for wild animals.

Putting an end to nuisance crimes like vandalism and illegal dumping is easier than you may think. It’s just about making the conscious decision to take our environmental issues that contribute to waste, pollution, and destruction more seriously, serious enough to arm your community with behavior modification tools that STOP these issues from starting.

What steps is your community taking?

How to Implement an Illegal Dumping Program

How to Implement an Illegal Dumping Program

Are you a city official that is irritated with the illegal dumping that is occurring in your city?  Here are some solutions to help your community.

Illegal Dumping is a major problem for most cities.  City officials are frustrated because even though resources are tight, the responsibility to clean up and prevent lays on their shoulders.  Fortunately, there are creative ideas that not only solve the problem but can add to the city’s resources.  To do this, the city must implement a program that includes city team work, involving several departments.

Here are some bullet points to build and implement an effective Illegal Dumping Program:

  • One person responsible to administer the program (including the deployment, operation and maintenance of equipment).
  • Access to a bucket truck for proper installation, movement, and maintenance equipment.
  • Coordinated efforts to educate the public and to increase public relation efforts.
  • Support from specified enforcement personnel to successfully prosecute individual cases.
  • Totally Portable, High-Resolution Cameras to catch and prosecute dumpers in the act.

Although, implementing an effective program can be daunting, cities should look at this challenge as an opportunity to make a difference. If the ordinances are written correctly, the program could even generate revenue, adding resources to the city. If you are a city official with the challenge of illegal dumping, do not despair.  Create and Implement an Illegal Dumping Solution that will bring pride to the community you serve.

Los Angeles Illegal Dumping

Resources Needed to Combat Illegal-Dumping

Los Angeles City calls for non-profit agencies to step-up and help combat its Illegal Dumping and litter crisis, which has grown to measures described by many as an “out-of-control” problem.  City Officer Miguel Santana is stepping out and asking for resources to fight the war on Illegal-Dumping in Los Angeles.

A hefty handful of cities, especially the larger cities such as Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, are in dire need of warriors and assets that are ready for this battle on illegal dumping.  However, an army of civilians is as good as none, if they go without the resources to help them gain the upper hand.  This is an issue that can financially sink a city if the proper resource plan is not instigated wisely.

An imperative resource in helping any city combat illegal-dumping is education. Keep the public educated on littering and illegal trash dumping. Many civilians are simply unaware of all the laws involved on what exactly is considered illegal dumping.  Another concern that needs to be addressed is the lack of knowledge many city residents have on exactly where to dump their trash legally.  Educating the public is where non-profits need to step in and lend a hand to the city.

Another important resource is the extra eye. Metropolitan residents may pose useful, becoming an extra eye in their vicinity if they are encouraged to report the litterbugs.  The watchful public can help by taking down license plate numbers of someone they see illegally dumping materials from their car.  If they are able to film or capture the crime with the camera on their phone, as well as capture the suspect’s license plate number, this serves as possible evidence and can be used to prosecute illegal trash dumping in court. Self-powered, covert cameras designed to capture license plates are also available to serve as an eye in the sky and can be especially useful in less trafficked areas.

A Third vital resource is the city’s ordinances.  If the city’s ordinates against illegal-dumping include a heavy fine, it actually functions as two purposes.  One, it will better ensure that the impulsive litterbug will think twice before illegally dumping their trash again.  Two, the city may use the paid fine as a financial aid to further their illegal-dumping resources, maybe even adding revenue to the city budget.

If the great City of Angels is calling for extra means to fight their growing illegal-dumping catastrophe, chances are they aren’t  alone.  Cities must find the funds to combat and deter their illegal-dumping nuisance crimes and provide every necessary resource, before their own city issue grows out of control.