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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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Illegal Dumping Increases Property Taxes

Illegal Dumping Increases Property Taxes

Illegal dumping can be defined as “disposing of a larger volume or weight of waste/debris (e.g., dumping furniture, tires, mattresses, or construction debris).” Consequences of Illegal Dumping go beyond mere aesthetics. There are, of course, health concerns that go along with fly dumping, but there are also financial detriments connected to communities that are plagued by illegal dumping.

 

The security and clean up needed to prevent illegal dumping costs taxpayers large sums of money every year.  For example, it cost Pennsylvania residents $10.1 million to clean up roadside litter and $835 per ton of trash for illegal dumping. In addition to this, illegal dumping brings down housing value and increases property taxes due to health and safety risks and aesthetics.

 

Illegal dumping can usually be found in low-income neighborhoods. When property taxes are high, it creates a financial hardship on already suffering communities. This increases the likelihood of families not being able to provide enough food or other necessary resources to survive. What can be done to prevent illegal dumping and protect communities from economic difficulty?

 

Cities can begin with educating their communities on the spiraling effects of fly dumping and how it can lead to dangerous turmoil. The next step should be to equip neighborhoods with the proper tools needed to fight back against illegal dumping. One tool is to fence off vacant lots to prevent people from littering. Another way communities can fight illegal dumping is to install illegal dumping cameras  to catch and prevent criminals from abandoning trash and bulk items.  These communities are worth the extra effort to stop the crime of illegal dumping done against them.

 

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