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Stop Illegal Dumping Pathogens

Stop Illegal Dumping Pathogens

Most people are aware of illegal dumping crimes in the form of mattresses, appliances, tires, and other discarded construction items.  The unlawfully dumped items are an eyesore bringing down the property values of the neighborhoods.  But besides the trashy appearance, the harmful effects of illegal dumping are so numerous and diverse, that it MUST be opposed with the utmost urgency and rigor. One negative consequence which ought to be sufficient motivation for the swift eradication of illegal dumping is the drastic spread of zoonotic pathogens via rodents.

Pathogens which can be transmitted from animals to humans are commonly carried by rats and other rodents. And when waste is disposed in places not permitted, it provides a ready source of nutrition and shelter for the dastardly rodents which carry the zoonotic pathogens. The rodents can spread the pathogens by means of their ecto- and endoparasites. Thus, people do not even need to come into direct contact with the rodents to be infected. All that is necessary is for the ectoparasites, which the rats carry, to abandon ship in favor of a human host. The highly infectious power which rats wield can easily be proven if one only reviews the history of the bubonic plague which ravaged all of Europe, killing roughly 33% of its population. And this was all made possible by rats traveling via cargo ships.

Urban areas suffer the most from this issue of increased infection rates. This is because many urban areas cannot effectively manage their waste, which leads to continuous creation of new illegal waste sites, which ultimately produces a rat’s utopia. Waste such as used tires, construction debris, old appliances, and furniture, as well as general household, commercial and industrial waste provide a reliable source of nutrition and shelter for rodents and consequently a home base for the spread of zoonotic pathogens.

So, what can be done?

First, a community must implement an Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program.  But to have a successful Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program, multiple departments must work together, as the program must include Legislation, Evidence and Enforcement. The program should have two essential elements, evidence and deterrence. Human resources are the most important aspect of the program and the best tools to be provided for their use are Illegal Dumping Cameras, which are specifically designed to capture evidence needed to prosecute. It is nearly impossible for traditional surveillance to be used because traditional surveillance cameras need electricity and internet, which is not available or very costly in remote areas.

 

What is your community doing to stop the spread of pathogens from illegal dumping?

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Illegal Dumping- An Environmental Crime

Illegal Dumping- An Environmental Crime

Illegal dumping, an environmental crime, is a concern throughout the world. Some unethical corporations and construction companies will go to great lengths to avoid paying thousands of dollars it costs to legally dispose of their waste. Private residences will also leave their large appliances or mattresses in a remote area rather than pay the small fee to legally leave the item in a designated drop off area.

Unfortunately, these actions are creating toxins in our ecosystems and entering our waterways. Toxins leach out of the discarded trash pile, soak into the soil, rivers, and underground waterways.  Researchers have been conducting studies that show high levels of toxins such as polychlorinated biphenyls in fish caught.  Even, non-hazardous items illegally dumped cause environmental decay and problems.

What can a municipality do to combat this environmental crime that threatens our drinking water and our overall public health?

Prosecuting illegal dumping offenders is a tricky business.  When it comes to illegal dumping, evidence must be clear and trustworthy to stand up in court.  With the lack of eyewitnesses, detectives must gather evidence from the hazardous pile to identify where it came from and who is responsible.  Municipalities must provide their Illegal Dumping Task Force with the right tools and resources, such as Illegal Dumping Cameras, specifically designed to provide trustworthy images of evidence that will stand up in court.

Is your Illegal Dumping Task Force using the right tools to combat the environment crime of illegal dumping?

 

Success with an Illegal Dumping Program

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?

 

Price to Pay-Illegal Dumping

Price to Pay-Illegal Dumping

Illegal Dumping is a careless nuisance crime that not only takes a toll on the environment but also on the city’s pocketbook.

When people illegally dump tires, trash, and even toxic waste, the cities are the ones who must pay to remove and clean up the dumpsite, and there are a lot of dumpsites out there. “It is estimated that there is currently approximately 98,995,672 tons of illegally dumped waste worldwide”. This means that the city government must pay to people to dispose of almost 100,000,000 tons of waste, and that’s a big chunk of change for cities.

According to Green Eco Services, Colorado, among many other states, had to revise their budget plan to ensure that illegal dumpsites are taken care of and monitored, which included a $250,00+ annual budget! Among the other states that have a budget, Los Angeles’s budget is $500,00+ and growing!

Illegal Dumping is pricy for environment and the pocketbook.

It’s always a good thing for cities to pick up the waste from the dumpsites, but illegal dumpers always seem to find their way back to the dumpsite. How can Illegal dumpers be stopped? How can the problem of dumping stop before it occurs?

Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program

  • Internal departments must work together
  • Educate the public
  • Involve the community
  • Hotlines
  • Tough Legislation
  • Staff Resources
  • Illegal Dumping Enforcement Cameras– Designed specifically for illegal dumping
  • Enforcement

 

All these components are needed for a successful Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program!  What is your city doing?