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Illegal Dumping and Mental Health

Illegal Dumping and Mental Health

Illegal dumping is a unique and vast crime, impacting not just local cities and neighborhoods, but the whole world. Every country suffers from this violation of public space. Illegal dumping casts its torment every chance it gets. Also known as “fly dumping,” plies of trash pose a tremendous health risk, but may have a greater emotional impact on its victims than anyone realized. 

Studies show that there may be a correlation between people who are living near dump sites and having to battle with depression, anxiety, and fatigue. Residing near a dumping ground even causes residents to lack concentration. This makes it difficult for students to do well in school resulting in lower grades and a higher dropout rate. It is no wonder that students feel powerless in the battle to succeed under these conditions.  There are options to prevent such destruction to local communities. 

Although people are not usually cooperative, it is important to continue efforts for the sake of the community. 

Here are some suggestions:

  • Challenge the community through education and campaigns 
    • Volunteer Clean Up Days
    • No Cost Legal Trash Drop Off Days
  • Implement a program that prevents illegal dumping
    • Legislation that enforces high penalties for illegally dumping
    • Installing an illegal dumping camera at the dumping hot spots

Whatever measures are taken, it is imperative to protect the mental health and success rate of these communities.  What is your community doing to prevent illegal dumping?

#NoIllegalDumping #StopIllegalDumping #IllegalDumpingHurts

Prevent Mosquitoes and Illegal Dumping!

Prevent Mosquitoes and Illegal Dumping!

June is on its way in! Now is the time for BBQs, picnics, and summer play. Unfortunately, the mosquitoes are also coming in, and they are ready to feed.  Did you know there are over 50 different species of mosquitoes?

 According to the cbc.ca, Mosquitoes lay their eggs not just on the surface of water but also “near boggy, swampy, watery areas, on leaves or just about anything that is just above or near the water.” Just imagine what an illegal dumpsite provides to the happy mosquito, the perfect breeding ground of furniture, scrap from demolition sites, and discarded tires.  Then imagine the recent rains which have provided water to fill the vacant nooks and crannies.  Any animal or human nearby will be feed for a host of these disease carrying flying insects.

Mosquitoes bring with them viruses that include Zika, West Nile, Chikungunya, dengue, and malaria.  And they can fly 1-3 miles to find their prey.  So, what is a city to do?

To prevent these diseases which are spread from mosquitos:

  • Dump Sites need to be cleared of all trash and scrapes where mosquitoes can lay their eggs
  • Cleared Dump Sites need to be sprayed with an insecticide to kill any adult mosquito and larvae
  • The community needs to be educated on how illegal dumping can bring diseases to their community
  • Illegal Dumping Cameras should be strategically placed to prevent further dumping and to stop this perpetual problem. 

 Stop Illegal Dumping and Mosquitoes from multiplying in your neighborhood!

#illegaldumping

Parks are Essential- Take Care of Them

Parks are Essential- Take Care of Them

During this pandemic, five out of six adults acknowledge local parks, trails and open spaces are an important aspect to maintaining their mental and physical health.  This information can only lead us to the conclusion that parks in our communities are essential.  Sometimes a greater appreciation grows when something is taken away.  Losing our parks and trails for a time has been an eye opener to how valuable they are in our lives and our communities.  One would think this would lead the community to take good care of this valuable asset, but unfortunately news has come forward that show there are some people who are leave behind trash and biohazards

Park care givers work hard to maintain the parks and open spaces for the enjoyment of the community and this insult is beyond comprehension.  This is a tough task to manage the semi-open parks where bathrooms are still off limits.  But if people want to walk on trails and use the parks for outdoor activities, they need to be aware that the park bathrooms and other facilities are closed. 

Parks are Essential and Park Care Givers are essential!

Illegal Dumping Solutions During Pandemic

Illegal Dumping Solutions During Pandemic

Used gloves and masks can be seen discarded at grocery store parking lots.  But the worst illegal dumping crimes are committed at parks.  With the stay at home orders throughout the country, some trash pickup and drop off sites have been postponed.  Illegal dumpers are leaving trash in parks and remote areas.  Items left are the usual bulky items of furniture, tires and electronics, which collect water and promote disease of all kinds. This discarded trash is taking up valuable time and resources of the parks and recreation department, who are already stretched due to the COVID-19.

What to do?

Here are tools and resources you and your staff need during this pandemic:

  • Barriers: obstacles placed in a strategic place gives the clear communication that this area is not open to the public
  • Signs: posted signs give the community clear written rules about areas off limits
  • Hot Lines: hot lines involve the community and re-enforce community policing  
  • Social Media: Use social media to make the community aware of the illegal activities occurring in the parks
  • Illegal Dumping Cameras: Illegal dumping cameras are totally portable and are specifically designed to help stop unwanted activity in parks and remote areas

Give your parks and recreation department the right tools to get the job done!