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Illegal Dumping Spreads Disease

Illegal Dumping Spreads Disease

It truly is an enigma, the issue of persistent illegal dumping. The harmful effects of illegal dumping are so numerous and diverse, that it MUST be stopped 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 rats.

Pathogens which can be transmitted from animals to humans are commonly carried by rats and other rodents. And when waste is disposed in places without permitted and controlled facilities to safely store or dispose of said waste, 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. The Bubonic Plague ravaged all of Europe, killing roughly 33% of its population. And this was all made possible by rats traveling via cargo ships.

Not surprisingly, 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.

To make a difference, Public Works and Code Enforcement Departments need the right tools to implement an Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program.  The best tools available are Illegal Dumping Cameras, especially designed to capture prosecutable evidence in remote areas.

Has your city equipped your departments with the right tools to combat illegal dumping?

Implement an Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program

Implement an Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program

Illegal dumping is an unsightly scene. The flying dumping site breeds bacteria, lowers home values and poses a danger to families living nearby. However, illegal dumping grounds also increase the risk of more crime to the affected area.

 

For example, when people see abandoned trash, tires and mattresses in a vacant lot, they assume a few more tires or broken pieces of furniture added to the junkyard won’t make much of a difference, thus adding to the fly dumping pile.

 

An essay on the effects of illegal dumping to Lawrence, PA states that one improperly disposed article can cause a “chain reaction” to your community in many harmful ways.

 

Amongst this “chain link” of fly dumping, is the attraction of illegal drugs and drug manufacturers. Harmful and highly dangerous narcotics are often the types of drugs that are drawn in by illegal dumping. Drugs related garbage sometimes found at the site are meth lab materials and heroin needles.

 

In addition to destroying community pride, fly dumping also attracts gatherings of rowdy people that behave in an unwanted manner. Disorderly teenagers often find illegal dumping sites to be “fun” hangout sites and sometimes take to vandalizing nearby homes and parks as part of their group activities.

 

What are communities to do to prevent this chain reaction?

 

They cannot simply rely on the local people to stop fly dumping and clean up the litter. Either a community can spend time and money on fixing the harm illegal dumping causes, or they can prevent the harm and be proactive by building an Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program.

Communities must make an investment in illegal dumping prevention.

 

An Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program investment is necessary to protect the safety of local communities and prevent other crimes in neighborhoods. It is possible for the chain link of crimes to be broken.

 

An Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program includes many departments within the city, and the departments must work together to be successful.

Stop Illegal Dumping of E-Waste!

Stop Illegal Dumping of E-Waste!

Illegal dumping is becoming a huge problem, specifically the unauthorized dumping of e-waste. Dumping occurs all throughout the nation, and it needs to be stopped before it causes more damage than what has already been done.

One of the more harmful effects of illegal dumping are fires. These fires that are caused by dumping occur from people dumping tires or hazard waste products that should have a proper disposal technique. When the waste, specifically electronic waste, is illegally dumped it is extremely harmful to the environment and its surroundings.

Electronic waste, or e-waste, is defined as “discarded electrical equipment”. When electronics are illegally dumped, it is very likely to cause a fire wherever the dump site may be. How do these e-waste fires start? The batteries inside of the electronics are very combustible and are very dangerous.

Illegal dumpers may think that their illegal deposit of waste is harmless, but it causes extreme consequences that hurt the environment through toxic pollution and an out-of-control fire that will destroy acres of land.

How can municipalities stop illegal dumping?

  • Educate the community about how to safely dispose of hazardous waste.
  • Provide days for the community to drop off their hazardous waste.
  • Provide hotlines for citizens to report dump spots and illegal dumping activity.
  • Immediately clean up all unauthorized dumping to prevent further risk.
  • Install Illegal dumping cameras especially design to identify license plates and dumping activity in remote areas.
  • Use social media to educate and ask the community for help in identifying the offender.

Get the tools you need to stop illegal dumping!

End Illegal Dumping-Stop Toxic Waste

End Illegal Dumping-Stop Toxic Waste

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 must pay to remove and dispose of the dumpsite and clean up any toxic elements introduced. It is estimated that there is currently approximately 98,995,672 tons of illegally dumped waste worldwide, with a contributing estimated 5-13 million metric ton of plastic entering the oceans.  So who pays for the cleanup?  The cities and the taxpayers! And there is a lot that needs to be cleaned up.

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 $250,000 annual budget. Among the other states that have a budget, Los Angeles’s budget is $500,000 and growing.

Of course, it is 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?

A Successful Illegal Dumping Program must have:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Create a successful program and end illegal dumping!