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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!

Stop Illegal Dumping-Stop Rats!

Stop Illegal Dumping-Stop Rats!

Illegal dumping sites are a massive problem in our country. There are few, if any barriers to prevent criminals from depositing their waste wherever they wish. Even in high profile locations such as downtown Los Angeles, there are literally entire blocks which are filled to the brim with an ocean of trash. And the ocean of trash is not simply unpleasant to look at, it brings its own host of dangers!

One danger in particular is the breeding of rats! The United States Environmental Protection Agency has noted that decomposing garbage provides both food and a habitat for rodents, worst of all rats. The rats which take up residence in illegal dumping sites are terrifyingly effective disease spreaders. Rats often carry hantavirus and the plague. The hantavirus is especially contagious because people can contract it by simply breathing the air which is contaminated with the virus. This means that anyone who comes near an illegal dump site is at high risk for contracting a deadly disease. The viruses, which rats carry, make illegal dumpsites deadly for communities.

Unless the illegal dumping is stopped, the problem will only get worse because the rats will continue to breed. The rats’ breeding is nearly unstoppable due to the shelter and nourishment they receive from the dump sites. The best way to solve the rat problem is to solve the illegal dumping problem. However, as already stated, there are hardly any barriers in place which can halt the criminal activity.

The best solution for this disgusting problem is illegal dumping cameras. These cameras are specially designed to be used in remote areas where networking is difficult. These high-resolution cameras capture prosecutable evidence!

Clean up dump sites, stop illegal dumping, and say goodbye to rats!

 

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Illegal Dumping Starts Fires

Illegal Dumping Starts 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 key points for a successful illegal dumping program:

 

  • 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.

 

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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