Illegal Dumping- Help!

Illegal Dumping- Help!

Spring is a refreshing time of the year. The grass is green, the sun is shining, and there are nice rainy days that bring freshness to the air. Spring showers are great for the environment, water rejuvenates the earth and makes it look healthier. Spring showers bring a wave of freshness through the air, but unfortunately that’s not the only thing they bring.

Spring showers bring more water, which is a great thing, but not when it mixes with illegal dumping. Illegal dumping is a terrible crime that destroys our environment; it ruins the sense of freshness and turns it into disgust. When it rains and there are illegal dump sites that contain trash, metal, and especially tires, it’s a recipe for disaster.

When piles of trash are dumped and it rains, the trash collects water. Water mixed with trash creates the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. The water creates a nice dark, pool and is the perfect climate that mosquitoes need to be able to lay and hatch hundreds of eggs. These mosquitoes can carry deadly diseases that can be transmitted to humans, who are bitten and become the host.

Illegal dumping sustains the problem of mosquito diseases being spread in the United States. This problem affects the people of all communities which are being targeted for dumping.

Deter and minimize Illegal dumping in your community:

  • Staff Resources: Every city needs staff that is dedicated and trained in illegal dumping. This includes the authority to educate the public, respond and investigate complaints, and prosecute.
  • Educate: Educate your community about the dangers of illegal dumping and the consequences both environmentally and fines.
  • 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 to combat illegal dumping
  • Tools to help: Illegal dumping cameras.  These cameras are specifically designed to provide prosecutable evidence needed in the war of illegal dumping.

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!


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.