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Youngstown Overcoming Illegal Dumping

The city of Youngstown is implementing proactive programs in the war on illegal dumping.

The placing of Illegal Dumping Cameras at dump sites has caused cases of illegal dumping to drop dramatically. But it doesn’t stop there. After suspects have been successfully surveilled, city prosecutors work vigilantly to see that these dumpers face the consequences of their actions. To add to the strategy, Youngstown used Social Media as a creative and effective means to combat Illegal dumping.  Youngstown posted pictures of suspects on their Facebook page in an effort to help identify offenders, which had great results.

Additionally, new laws and legislation passed by the voters of the state of Ohio find violators of these laws facing mandatory fines and possible jail time for serious offenders convicted of illegal dumping. Discarded cigarette butts and unsecured vehicular loads are now criminal offenses under Ohio statutes. In addition to these new revisions of law, the city of Youngstown has also implemented civilian use of new and much larger trash-carts, designed to help diminish cases of illegal dumping.

Unfortunately, Illegal Dumping of materials such as used tires, mattresses, old appliances, and other household waste is a large problem in the U.S. Prevention of unlawful waste disposal from happening in the first place and helping to minimize the possibility of re-occurrence are proactive steps to fight illegal dumping that Youngstown, Ohio isn’t afraid to tackle.

Youngstown has been defending their city by the means of special cameras at the locations that draw individuals who fly tip.  These people dump all kinds of trash and supplies such as tires, construction remains, roofing materials, and random piles of garbage.  These cameras catch people in the act of dumping with a clear resolution.  This strategy in particular has been bringing more than a few fly-tippers to the courtroom for prosecution.

Way to go Youngstown!

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Fires Caused by Illegal Dumping

Often, illegal dumping is an overlooked problem in both rural and populated areas. The severity of the issue, however, seems to grow alongside the piles of illegally dumped waste.

One of the most dangerous and critical complications that can arise from unlawfully disposed garbage is fire. It is not uncommon to hear of a precariously discharged cigarette butt or used automobile oil, one of the most common and improperly disposed waste products which can easily combust given the correct environmental conditions, being the cause of a large roadside inferno.

Some people, in an effort to cut corners and save money on fees, often attempt to burn the used scrap tires rather than utilize the lawful and proper methods of recycling. This kind of illegal action can have disastrous effects on the environment, as well as cause large-scale wildfires in rural areas. Other offenders of highly volatile and illegally dumped materials include demolition and land clearing contractors whose unused portions of explosive materials end up in unlawful trash heaps.

The devastating consequences of these blazes caused by illegal dumping are far-reaching. Entire families are often left homeless when their property and possessions are reduced to smoldering ashes. These fires leave little to no vegetation in the ground to prevent potential mud slides from occurring and causing even more wide-spread destruction.

Repeat offenders and dumpers of hazardous materials face higher penalties for dumping their garbage illegally but are rarely caught in the act. It is up to our communities to make sure those responsible for committing this ludicrous crime are held accountable.

Here are some actions items you can do to help your community with the Illegal Dumping problem:

  • Report any Illegal Dump Sites
  • If you witness the dumping, take a picture or write down:
    • The license plate number
    • The description of the vehicle
    • What was dumped
  • If the Illegal Dumping occurs on your private property, post signs according to the laws of your city.  (Following the city requirements allow code enforcement officers to help with appropriate action)
  • Talk with your city council about buying Illegal Dumping Cameras
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.

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.