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Illegal Dumping-Stop the Disease

Most communities struggle with illegal dumping and the problems of disease that illegal dumping creates. Abandoned tires, appliances, and furniture provide the perfect nesting ground for rodents and insects.

Rodents need water, food, and shelter from the environment and other animals that prey on them for food. Discarded items such as tires, pieces of wood, and mattresses offer suitable shelter to make a nest in.  Rodents live to scavenge for food and mate. Did you know rats can have 2,000 offspring in a year? A lot of germ carriers! According to the CDC, rats can transmit 35 diseases to people.

Another germ carrier is an insect.  Insects can transmit disease to people as well.  Insects also need water, shelter, and food to survive.  Unlawfully dumped tires provide an excellent source of pooled water for mosquitos to multiply.  Dump sites have an unsanitary ecosystem full of junk and disease, just waiting for the human host.

Even if the areas are remote, the problem will encroach upon the neighborhoods. Therefore, it is imperative that communities implement an Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program to stop the Illegal dumping that is occurring.

Illegal Dumping Enforcement Programs are designed to stop the unlawfully dumping activities and prevent the multiplying of rodents and insects that bring disease to the residents.  It begins with the priority.  It involves many departments within the community to work together.

What is your city doing to stop illegal dumping and end disease?

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Build an Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program

Build an Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program

An Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program is essential to provide the best health for the community.

As President’s Day approaches, US citizens are reminded of the courageous struggles that our chief executives have endured over the years as they sought to ensure the survival and flourishing of our country. President’s Day was originally all about celebrating the birthday of our very first president, George Washington. President Washington courageously fought for the freedom of our country so that we would not have to suffer the tyranny of a foreign power. One of the biggest issues that sparked the revolution in the first place was the heavy taxation that Britain imposed on the American people. People work hard to provide for themselves and their families, and to have that hard earned money unjustly taken away to be used for expenses that disciplined, law-abiding citizens are not responsible for causing is an absolute travesty.

Unfortunately, this travesty occurs on a regular basis in our communities through another means, through illegal dumping performed by our very own residents. When illegal dumping occurs in a community, the city has to clean up the criminal’s mess. Where does the money come from to pay for the disposal of massive amounts of trash? The law-abiding citizens of course! When cities have to spend their funds cleaning up illegal dumpsites, which bring disease and pollution into the community, they need to raise taxes so they can pay for this essential service.

In order to take back our freedom, we need to apprehend illegal dumpers and bring them to justice. The best way to go about this is with an Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program, utilizing illegal dumping cameras, specifically designed to capture evidence in remote areas.  An Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program is essential to the health of the community.

An Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program involves many departments working together.

  • Education: Educate the community through social media, community engagements, and through the schools.
  • Legislation: 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.
  • 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. Enforcement is needed to deter further illegal dumping activity.

What is your city doing to stop illegal dumping?

 

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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?