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Illegal Dumping Ignites Fires

Illegal Dumping Ignites Fires

Illegal Dumping Ignites Fires In the year 2019, there were 50,477 wildfires reported in the United States. It is hard to predict when fire disasters will occur, but they can be prevented. According to the Insurance Information Institute, 90% of the fires are started by people through negligence. An unattended campfire or a downed power line can cause a fire, but did you know that illegal dumping can also cause fires?  One of the biggest causes of fire is piles of garbage in dry, hot areas. When trash is not discarded properly, it can cause fires. Illegal dumping of tires causes the worst type of fires, as the oil within the tires once ignited is hard to put out. And according to the EPA, tire fires cause toxic gases and hazardous compounds that pollute our environment.  It is important that the officials of our communities do everything they can to prevent illegal dumping. Here are some suggestions:

  • Staff Resources: Staff that is specially trained and dedicated in preventing illegal dumping. Besides responding and investigating complaints and prosecuting, this includes educating the public.
  • Educate: Use Billboards, Social Media, and News Outlets to get the word out to Educate your community. Talk about the dangers of illegal dumping and the consequences both environmentally and individually.
  • Provide Hot lines: Hot lines are a very resourceful tool that every city should have available.  When a citizen sees an act of illegal dumping, they can call, text or email information to the Enforcers.
  • Legislation: Every city needs laws and fines to enforce the battle against illegal dumping
  • Tools:  Illegal dumping cameras.  These cameras are specifically designed to provide prosecutable evidence needed in the war against illegal dumping.

When measures are taken to prevent illegal dumping, we can prevent fires. It is time to start taking illegal dumping seriously.

What it Takes to Fight Illegal Dumping

What it Takes to Fight Illegal Dumping

Illegal dumping is not only unsightly and unpleasant, but very unhygienic. The carelessness of illegal dumping is disposed of in such a way that it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses, causing people to become ill and pick up nasty infections. However, fly dumping sights are also a breeding ground for mosquitoes. 

Where the viruses and bacteria may sit and multiply on the disarray of  tires and abandoned furniture, mosquitos carry bacteria and viruses to people 1-3 miles away. Some mosquitoes have been discovered to have traveled up to 7 miles from their original breeding spots and around 20-40 miles when food sources are scarce.

Among the infectious viruses and diseases mosquitoes carry are: Dengue Fever, West Nile Virus, and Zika Virus. Some of which are known to cause birth defects, infertility and even death. 

When mosquitoes are choosing a nesting-ground for their larva, they search for a home that is wet, warm, and wasted. The neglected sites of illegal dumping lots are the perfect breeding place for these creatures.

So how can communities protect themselves against these infectious mosquitoes? What does it take to fight illegal dumping?

  • Educate: Inform your community about the dangers of these viruses and diseases that bugs carry and infect people. Educate on the dangers that illegal dumping brings
  • Enable: Help people stand up against the crime of illegal dumping and fight it by standing together and disciplining those that partake in fly dumping

#noillegaldumping #stopillegaldumping #fightillegaldumping 

Stop Illegal Dumping in Neighborhoods

Stop Illegal Dumping in Neighborhoods

When people are dumping trash and other harmful substances it not only effects the environment but also the community it is dumped in. Illegal dumping is becoming an epidemic throughout the United States, especially in lower income cities.

Low income communities are at a disadvantage when it comes to cleaning up their city. According to the University of Michigan, “low income communities are seen as the path of least resistance because they have fewer resources”. Illegal dumping is more prone to happening in low income cities because they cannot afford the standard fees to dispose of the trash legally. There is also a trend of “Outsiders” who travel from different neighborhoods to illegal dispose of their trash not wanting to dirty their own neighborhoods.

These low-income neighborhoods are targets to illegal dumping and it needs to be stopped. There are many things that we can do to help prevent and help save these low-income cities from being targeted.

  • Illegal Dumping Cameras. These cameras help deter crime before it happens. With these cameras, the problem of illegal dumping is combatted.
  • Awareness of illegal dumping. The community should raise awareness of the problem of illegal dumping, through education and using social media platforms.

#StopIllegalDumping #NoIllegalDumping #IllegalDumpingCameras

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