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Stop Illegal Dumping in the Cities

Stop Illegal Dumping in the Cities

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?

Illegal Dumping Pollutes Water

Illegal Dumping Pollutes Water

Public water supplies can become a public health threat if the waterways are contaminated by toxic waste.  This is especially true when the environment encounters the illegal dumping of waste chemicals.  The toxic chemicals enter water wells and other ground water supplies. Common scenarios are illegal dumping sites that contain chemicals that seep into the ground connecting with underground waterways and/or when it rains the rains carry the toxic waste into waterways.

This type of situation happens more often than cities are aware of, as people who illegally dump try to hide the fact that they are doing it.  When this form of illegal dumping continues to go unchecked, it can lead to any number of serious health complications for the population who use the water supply.

There is a good reason the manufacturers of cleaning agents are legally expected to label their products with a hazard warning sign, if it contains hazardous substances that are known to be harmful to humans. Not doing so is dangerous, and the manufacturer is held liable if anyone is harmed by their failure to do so.

Furthermore, certain chemicals become even more toxic when cross-contaminated with other chemicals.  The likelihood of this happening increases when companies regularly dispose of their waste solutions by directly dumping them into public water drains or close to underground water sources.

The solution to preventing this type of public health hazard is simple: protect the water supply from illegal dumping of any sort.  Although regular water testing for chemicals is important – sometimes to help identify if people are dumping chemicals – once the source of the issue is nailed down, it can be easily stopped.

It is paramount that every city enacts an illegal dumping prevention program!

 

Illegal Dumping-Contaminating Water Supply

Illegal Dumping-Contaminating Water Supply

Clean drinking water continues to be a challenge in certain cities in the United States when recurrent illegal-dump sites go unsupervised. Crews working for companies who use hazardous materials frequently will dump the liquid waste illegally near water wells, or into a drain that connects to the public water supply. Public water can also become contaminated when groundwater is carried over from other illegal dumping sites.

Sometimes the people dumping the chemicals are not intentionally committing a crime. This is when it is reasonable for Municipalities to educate the public regarding proper disposal of liquid wastes. Also, help local businesses become informed of exactly what materials are illegal to dump, when and why it is illegal to dispose of a certain substance, and when and where the legal sites are for proper disposal.

When people fail to follow the laws and health guidelines pertaining to appropriate waste disposal, legal action befits the circumstance. This could mean everything from an illegal dumping fine, down to suing the chemical manufacturer. If proper warnings are not clearly printed on product labeling, chemical companies who manufacture the hazardous substances dumped illegally could be held liable for this action, even if the waste product was not directly dumped by them.

Public health effects could include infertility in large numbers or cancer, and in some circumstances, there is an immediate poisoning— this all depends on the substance(s) that contaminated the water supply. This is an alarming public threat that continues to grow. If public hazards like this are not immediately identified and aggressively addressed, locals and other people who use that city’s water supply will face serious health consequences by no mistake of their own in the future.

Public hazards such as a contaminated water supply are very preventable, especially if the cause is a nuisance crime like illegal dumping at recurrent problem sites. When a city creates a strategy to prevent illegal dumping,, the nuisance will stop before a health hazard develops.

Illegal Dumping Depreciates Quality of Life

Illegal Dumping Depreciates Quality of Life

Illegal dumping devalues the human standard of health, and it depreciates our comfort and happiness living in the neighboring vicinity of the dumpsites.

Not only is illegal waste-dumping ugly for people to see, but waste of any type will eventually endanger waterways and public water quality as well as the rest of its proximate earth. It is a form of litter, and it is a direct threat to the surrounding environment’s ecosystem, and it is a direct threat to public health.

The widespread pollutants most often dumped that harm bodies of water consist of household cleaners, pesticides, motor chemicals such as oil and antifreeze, mothballs, unused prescription medications, paint products, and chemical additives. This waste is either dumped directly into local waterways or groundwater, or the polluted water is carried over from illegal dump sites via its adjacent soil.

Other commonly dumped items that contaminate the environment include tossed out appliances, decaying plywood, trashed barrels, yard junk, furniture, garbage, and old tires.

Illegal dumping constitutes an environmental threat to both water and land, and it constitutes a true human health hazard as well as being a danger to wildlife. Used tires collect rainwater and become a breeding ground for insects and mosquitos that spread vector-borne illnesses. Dumping locations filled with rotting garbage attracts rodents that carry diseases.

Directly disturbed are the people living in neighborhoods nearby these illegal dumpsites. The pathogens carried by the mosquitoes and rodents are transmittable to the locals of the area. Some of these diseases can also infect other animals of wildlife or household pets. This distresses the environment and saddens the quality of life for all who live close by the dumping areas. It also costs the local taxpayers to have it all cleaned up.

Illegal-dumping hotspots carry a theme and tend to become marking posts for repeat offenses. Therefore, it is wise to say that environmental deterioration in the form of an illegal dump is a completely preventable phenomenon.

Save the taxpayers some money! STOP Illegal-Dumping in its tracks, BEFORE it gets out of control, and implement a strong Deterrence Plan.