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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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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.

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 Decreases Property Values

Illegal Dumping Decreases Property Values

Illegal dumping may sound like a petty crime that hardly affects anything at all.

However, the presence of illegal dumps results in a decrease of neighborhood property values. This is a massive problem for communities because it has a snowball effect. First, the illegal dumping itself repels would-be tourists and home buyers from a community because piles of trash strewn about on a road, in alleys, or in forests are unsightly and smell dreadful. Realtors will be hard pressed to find anyone who will buy a home near an illegal dumpsite, let alone in a community where illegal dumping is commonplace.

Additionally, illegal dumpsites create a health risk for people nearby. Illegal dump zones are breeding grounds for insects and they attract animals that transmit diseases, such as rats and skunks. Knowing that one’s health is at risk along with having to deal with terrible smells and obscene garbage is sure to drive away large numbers of consumers. On top of all that, lands or places that have been turned into illegal dumpsites can serve as magnets for other criminal activities. And fixing this huge problem will inevitably raise taxes. While the criminals get away with saving money by dumping illegally, law-abiding-citizens pay the bill. The city will end up losing mass amounts of revenue due to the illegal dump sites. “The community as a whole also becomes unattractive to prospective commercial and residential developers.”

Catching illegal dumpers in the midst of the act is the cheapest and most effective way to end illegal dumping. Most often, illegal dumps are quick and done from a car. So, getting the attention of the criminal dumpers before they commit the crime is crucial. Illegal Dumping Cameras are highly specialized to target the illegal activity of dumping. Cities save hundreds of thousands of revenue dollars by utilizing highly specialized Illegal Dumping Cameras.