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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?

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.

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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!

Illegal Dumping Program with Accountability

Illegal Dumping Program with Accountability

Illegal Dumping is a chronic problem within the United States.  Accountability is paramount to this serious offense.

 

Have you ever heard of the Education Fallacy?

 

The Education Fallacy is the incorrect assumption that if people are taught something beneficial, then they will assuredly heed what they are taught and apply it to their lives. Although this is a nice sentiment, apparently it is nothing more than an idealistic fantasy. The Education Fallacy is repeatedly demonstrated to be true by every day human behavior.

 

When the citizens of Pine Bluff were given the opportunity to properly dispose of the bulk trash and litter free of charge, many of them neglected to seize the opportunity. Just because people are told how to and aided in the endeavor of lawfully disposing of trash does not guarantee that people will act accordingly. The people of this city were aware of the appropriate trash disposal procedures, and yet continued to leave trash outside of the fence surrounding the dumpsters. Thus, the money spent on these new dumpsites with the hopes of fixing the issue of illegal dumping was wasted.

 

Although the continuation of educating the community on the health hazards of illegal waste sites is essential, an accountability structure must be in place for those whose refuse to learn.  The health of the community is at stake and must be protected with an illegal dumping program.

 

A successful illegal dumping program must have accountability in the form of stiff fines.  City departments need to work together to create and enforce the laws to deter the offensive behavior of illegal dumping. But in order for there to be prosecution, there must be evidence that stands up in court. Therefore, city departments need to be equipped with the right tools to gather the evidence needed. Illegal dumping cameras are designed to do exactly that, provide evidence to help municipalities capture and prosecute.

Ramp up your Illegal Dumping Program with tools that give accountability!

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