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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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New York City

How to Eliminate Illegal Dumping

Who thinks of illegal dumping when they think of a big city?

When anyone mentions “the big city,” a whole host of images and thoughts and feelings flood into your mind. “The big city” has been glamorized as the place where opportunity is waiting for people who wish to make a name for themselves. It is “the big city” that sets the latest fashion trends. It is in “the big city” that you get to experience the greatest food, music, and art. Life is at its most glamorous in “the big city,” or at least that is how it is supposed to be. Nowadays, anyone who is well acquainted with city life have a whole host of negative and disparaging mental connections, like trashy and dirty, with the phrase, “the big city.”

For instance, residents of  many cities are plagued by an ever-increasing illegal dumping crisis, that keeps getting worse.  Unfortunately, these same cities lack the manpower and resources to adequately investigate and punish the hundreds of businesses which are suspect of engaging in illegal dumping activity. Many cities globally are facing illegal dumping activity that is endangering the health and safety of select neighborhoods and those currently living on the streets. Although the situation may seem hopeless, there is one step which cities should do without delay:

Create an Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program.

A Successful Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program involves many departments within the city.

  • Education: Educate the community about the hazards and the cost of illegal dumping.
  • Hotlines: Hotlines are a very useful tool when there are witnesses nearby.
  • Social Media Program: To ask the community to help identify perpetrators.
  • Legislation: Strict laws to combat illegal dumping.
  • Enforcement: Enforce, respond, investigate, and prosecute.
  • Staff Resources: Staff that is trained and dedicated to combat the illegal dumping problem.
  • Illegal Dumping Cameras– cameras specifically designed to provide prosecutable evidence in dark remote areas, where illegal dumping usually occurs.

Eliminate illegal dumping and create an Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program!

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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?

 

Protect the Environment-End Illegal Dumping

Protect the Environment-End Illegal Dumping

Illegal Dumping is a community blight that should be stopped. We are the stewards of this earth. We are the protectors of life. Mother nature has entrusted us with the task of preserving and cultivating the environment so that it flourishes. Most people would say they believe this, that is until they need to dispose of a large broken-down washing machine, or an old mattress, and they lack a nearby dumpster to throw it in. Often, a person’s desperate desire to get rid of bulk trash items outweighs their concern for the well-being of the environment, which results in illegal dumping.

Aside from creating an unpleasant site to behold, illegal dumping produces “chemicals from wastes and certain appliances” that “can leach into soil and local waterways causing damage to plants, wildlife, and water quality.” In addition to this, old appliances release chlorofluorocarbon into the air which severely damages the earth’s ozone layer. We cannot neglect the ozone layer unless we want to get burned up by the ultraviolet rays from the sun. And ozone destroying chemicals are not the only harmful consequence that can come from illegal dumping. Illegal dumping can also cause fires, pest infestations, and spread bacteria and viruses that infect animals and people. All these other risks pose an enormous threat to wildlife and surrounding communities. It is irresponsible to allow illegal dumping to continue for the sake of both nature and human life. But fighting illegal dumping and saving the environment can sometimes feel overwhelming since so many people do not want to take the extra effort to dispose of waste legally.

Thankfully, many communities are implementing an Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program. A successful Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program with internal departments working together includes Education, Legislation, Staff Resources, Tools and Enforcement. It is essential departments are utilizing Illegal Dumping Enforcement Cameras, which are specially designed to capture license plates and legally binding evidence to prosecute.

What is your community doing to protect the environment from illegal dumping?

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