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Illegal Dumping and Societal Health

Illegal dump sights are an unpleasant picture to behold. However, did you know that illegal dumping brings more than unpleasantness?

The illegal deposit of any waste causes serious concern for a community’s health and safety. For example, the collective dumping of waste onto a repeated area may cause children to mistake an old and dangerous freezer for a play house or other toy, causing potential injury to the children. In addition, there are plenty of various, sharp objects such as broken glass, nails and used syringes awaiting harm to whoever wanders into an abandoned waste pile.  And according to the Environment Protection Agency’s Illegal Dumping Research Report, “illegally dumped asbestos was thought to be on the rise and was commonly cited as being the most problematic… due to the health and safety risks…”

Beyond obvious physical harm to communities, unlawful deposits of waste transfer various unseen diseases and viruses. With an increase of rain this year, mass amounts of wet garbage are a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. According to the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) mosquitoes cause more suffering than any other organism and can carry life-threatening diseases, such as: Dengue Fever, Yellow Fever, Encephalitis, Malaria, and the scary Zika Virus. Common sense dictates that illegal trash grounds will also attract other unpleasant insects and trash loving animals such as rats, raccoons, and skunks which spread further disease and health risks.

The act of illegal dumping is beyond unpleasant, it causes serious health threats to the public and can even increase the frequency of human diseases. Illegal dumping is not simply an issue of making cities and neighborhoods a “clean” community, it is an issue of environmental and societal health, and making cities and neighborhoods a safe community.

EARTH DAY HAS COME AND GONE, NOW WHAT?

Earth Day has come and gone, now what?

Vandalism and Illegal Dumping are significantly impacting our earth.  If you are serious about saving our planet, deter and stop these nuisance crimes before they happen.

If you’re like many people, Earth Day is a conscious reminder that you might not recycle as much as you’d like, that you should buy a reusable water bottle, or perhaps to lay off the straws at restaurants. While all of these are great commitments to keep our planet beautiful in small ways that add up, there is another assurance that can stop large amounts of waste and environmental destruction in a big way.

Preventing nuisance crimes before they happen does just that.

Vandalism and illegal dumping continue to plague the community with the pollution that they cause.

Vandalism causes waste.  Destroyed property is thrown out and replaced.  And while most communities do all they can to recycle this waste, sometimes it just isn’t possible, causing more space to be taken up in a landfill.  This could have been prevented by proactive crime deterrence and behavior modification tools.

Illegal dumping is another major issue cities and communities across the world face daily that has a significant impact on the environment. Hazardous waste, or any other type of waste has a tremendous negative impact on the environment and natural habitats for wild animals.

Putting an end to nuisance crimes like vandalism and illegal dumping is easier than you may think. It’s just about making the conscious decision to take our environmental issues that contribute to waste, pollution, and destruction more seriously, serious enough to arm your community with behavior modification tools that STOP these issues from starting.

What steps is your community taking?

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Prevent Illegal Dumping Before it Causes Death

Illegal Dumping is a dangerous occurrence and increases fatalities of people, nature, and wildlife.  A waste dumping site leads to toxic waste piles, which cause abundant damage to both public and rural areas.  Illegal waste may be seen disposed onto public and private highways, waterway systems, and wildlife reserves. These rubbish sites increase the risk of accidents on highways, pollute water resources, and create a hazardous environment for children and wild animals.

Illegally dumped trash and debris that obstruct the roads and highways are known as hazardous road conditions.  A road obstruction caused by litter blocking part of a road or highway hinders a driver from a clear passageway and increases the risk of car accidents. According to Don’t Trash Arizona, a company whose main goal is to reduce freeway littering, “debris on roadways nationwide causes 25,000 accidents each year and more than 80 fatalities.”

Besides the risk of hazardous road conditions, litter and waste illegally dumped affect the water systems.  Trash that makes contact with the water resources impact the public on a major scale.  The water it pollutes include: ponds, lakes, rivers, streams, both public and private water storage-houses and public water systems.  Garbage dumped near or into these waterways creates contamination which then infects humans and wildlife who use the water supply.  This may further cause harm if the agricultural industry irrigates this contaminated water into their soil; it poisons the crops that are grown, which are then consumed by both humans and animals.  According to the Total Health Institute, some studies link these polluted water resources to an increase in cancer sufferers.

In addition to the serious situations stated above, victims, such as a children and wildlife, are entangled by illegal dumping when they play or live outdoors.  Outland expanses such as parks and nature reserves are exposed to the harmful contaminates and dangerous objects dumped.  Harmful debris dumped into a rural area such as the woods creates a perilous situation to the surrounding community. For instance, a child, pet, or wild animal may incur a cut and infection  due to climbing on a pile of abandoned wood once used for building with nails still intact.

Illegal Dumping is a behavioral issue that should never be accepted and should not be treated lightly, as it alters our entire world.  Solutions to prevent and stop this type of crime should be implemented with significant enforcement.

 

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Illegal Dumping Crisis Keeping Cities in Debt

There are massive, public complaints about illegal-dump sites, community eyesores lowering property values, all over the country. A lot of cities experience vicious dumping cycles in known targeted areas. Due to the sites usually being remote, these sites create huge challenges, especially in the city’s budget. Unfortunately, a city’s resources, which is already limited, must now be used to clean up and install methods to prevent the Illegal dumping problem.

Illegal dumping, also known as “fly-tipping”, wreaks tremendous havoc on the city government pocketbook. Oakland, for example, has an illegal trash catastrophe that is costing more than 5-million dollars per year.

In addition to the obvious costs,  an illegal dump site can cause a concern that the sites are forming a hazardous environment.  Hazardous materials and chemicals illegally disposed may leak dangerous toxins, which are poisonous to both people and wildlife.  Another fact to note is this environment of waste-piles increase the risk of fires, according to the Hall County Board of Commissioners. This could be caused by the glass or the pollutants which could be flammable.

The threat of illegal trash spots causing a fire hazard should be a high concern to cities.  A fire started due to an illegal dumping problem may cause damage that will cost a city an immense amount of distress and resources, which further puts a city in debt. Fires caused by illegal-dumping is costing many cities millions.  Imagine the arduous work and resources that are required for restoration because  of damage caused by an abundant fire.

Another financial nuisance to take note of, is how a small illegal-dumping location may turn into a larger open-dump site, leading to an even bigger strain on a city budget. Just a few, small molehills can quickly turn into mountains of moles if they aren’t exterminated in a timely fashion. Likewise, illegal dumping is dangerous and costly if not stopped in time. It is therefore wise to take advantage of every preventative measure possible to keep these nuisances from growing out of control and from stealing the cities’ financial resources.