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How to End Illegal Dumping

How to End Illegal Dumping

Throughout the United States, there are tons of trends that are occurring, the latest fashion trend, the newest diet, and so on. One of the more unfortunate trends that is occurring is illegal dumping. Dumping is a disgusting trend that not only threatens the life of our environment but also threatens the lives of the people.

Dumpsites provide a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. When people illegally dump scrap tires, they collect water, which is an ideal mosquito breeding ground. According to Cumberland YES, mosquitoes can breed 100 times faster than normal in the warm and wet environment that illegally dumped tires provide for them. This is a major problem because mosquitoes are one of the deadliest disease-carrying insects out there.

Mosquitoes can carry Malaria, Zika, the West Nile Virus, and so many more deadly diseases.  When illegal dumping takes place, mosquitoes grow in number and spread all different kinds of diseases to people.

How can the problem of illegal dumping and mosquitos stop?

  • Educate:

The people within the community should know more about why illegal dumping is a crime and how it puts them in danger. If the community knows more about how mosquitoes are attracted to illegal dump sites, then hopefully they will want to protect their community.

  • Enforce:

Enforce with  Illegal Dumping Cameras . These cameras catch the dumpers in the act and record license plates even in complete darkness.

Stop illegal dumping!

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Disease and Illegal Dumping

Disease and Illegal Dumping

When illegal dumping occurs, it is usually done in a careless way; people discard unwanted items anywhere they please. Dumping tires can be extremely dangerous to the city and the citizens within. One of the most harmful consequences of dumping tires is when tires are left on an illegal dump site and it rains, they collect water. This presents a very dangerous problem: mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes can carry some of the deadliest diseases such as: Dengue Fever, West Nile Virus, and Zika Virus. When mosquitoes choose a place to lay their larva, they choose places that are wet, shaded, and can provide insulation to help hatch the larva. Unfortunately, illegally dumped tires fit all these qualifications.

Tires need a proper disposal site, one where they are legally regulated and hopefully recycled. Marcia Anderson from The EPA Blog tells of different ways to dispose of tires (shredding, making holes to prevent collection of water, etc.) to help protect the community from all the deadly diseases that mosquitos carry.

 People who illegally dump their tires may not know how serious of a problem they are creating when they discard their tires wherever they please. In order to protect cities, there needs to be precautions taken to help stop the acts of illegal dumping before they happen.

  • Educate:

Inform and involve the community. Communities should be involved in maintaining a healthy way of life for the citizens. If citizens are properly informed of the consequences that are involved with illegally dumping tires and taught the proper disposal of tires and how this helps their community, they are more apt to comply with the local laws.

  • Protect:

Illegal Dumping Cameras are needed to help identify and prosecute those who illegally dump their tires and place the community in danger. The presence of cameras also deters further dumping. Cameras that deter crimes before they happen is the number one way to eliminate the problem of mosquito infested tires.

Tools to Combat Illegal Dumping

Tools to Combat Illegal Dumping

Illegal Dumping is a national epidemic, disturbing people in the urban neighborhoods and the inner cities.  Waste sites attract and become a breeding ground for rodents and mosquitoes.  Both creatures can carry and transmit harmful diseases to humans.

It is important cities implement a program to prevent the hazards and blight illegal dumping causes.

Effective programs implement an enforcement part of the program and some cities generate revenue to offset the cost of illegal dump site cleanups.  For a city to be able to generate revenue, it must have strong legislation, communication and teamwork between city departments and tools to help the designated department get the job done.

Among many cities who have developed an illegal dumping program, California’s Department of Resources and Recovery (CalRecycle) has developed and provided a tool to help municipalities within California combat illegal dumping within their community.  Within the Enforcement part of the guide, there are four needed strong actions:

  • Staff Resources: Dedicated staff with training and authority to educate the public, respond and investigate illegal dumping complaints, which includes interviews and making arrests
  • Tools and Resources: Resources are paramount to helping the staff combat the illegal dumping problem, which should include:
    • Data management systems to locate and map hot spots
    • Hot lines to receive complaints about illegal dumping
  • Administrative Actions: An effective illegal dumping program must have Orders, Fines and an Administrative Law Judge, to handle major cases
  • Judicial Prosecution:  Illegal dumping programs need to have the ability to use the judicial process to determine guilt and obtain abatement.

Without a strong illegal dumping program and tools to implement the program, cities will continue to face the blight and community panic illegal dumping causes.

Homeless Camps Attract Illegal Dumping and Blight

Homeless Camps Attract Illegal Dumping and Blight

Homelessness is becoming a concern in most parts of the United States.  A person without a stable home can be someone moving from motel to motel, or a car, or in some cases the streets.  Some people without homes have set up temporary shelters, like a tent or tarp.  There are even homeless communities, where there are groups of temporary shelters that can be seen in parks or lined up on streets.  While viewing a homeless camp is very sad, the conditions in these camps are hazardous, not just to the homeless but also to the surrounding community. 

According to a volunteer, who cleans up homeless camps, she finds illegal dumping and very hazardous conditions.  She has even come across dead bodies.   Trash, needles, and unsanitary disposal of waste is a breeding ground for rats, roaches, and other disease carrying critters.

Rats and other rodents carry dangerous diseases, which can be transmitted to human through contact with the feces or urine or breathing in airborne particles. Many people have heard about the Bubonic plague that killed hordes of people in the Middle Ages.  The Bubonic plague is just one of the life-threatening diseases that rodents can carry with them, which can infect a human if the rodent’s flea bites the human.

Within the piled-up trash, these rats multiply and invade the neighboring residents and businesses, causing a community panic. While this problem is very complex, and strategy requires legislation and empathy, there needs to be tools in place to help keep the homeless community from setting up a camp especially near parks and areas where children play. One such tool should be a portable camera that deters the activity and can be easily moved around. 

Portable cameras will help the officers and volunteers who are involved in these communities, while the legislators design a permanent solution.