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.



Illegal Dumping – Breeding Mosquitoes

Illegal dumping sites are a breeding ground for all kinds of diseases and mosquitoes.  In addition to rodents and the microscopic organisms, there are the disease carrying insects.  These creatures enter into the human domain, carrying with them their diseases, or become infected after biting a disease carrying source.  Some diseases transmitted by the mosquito in North America are Malaria, West Nile Virus, Encephalitis, and the most recent scare, Zika Fever.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, Mosquitoes require water to undergo their life cycle.  The four stages of life, hatching from an egg to becoming an adult flying insect, can take anywhere from 4 days to a few months, depending on the temperature and other environmental factors.  The female flying insect then searches for a blood meal, which can be an animal or a human.  After feeding, the female mosquito lays the eggs on or near water.

According to The American Mosquito Control Association, AMCA, a nonprofit organization that provides information and education to help communities suppress the mosquito population,  many mosquito problems in your neighborhoods are likely to come from water filled containers.

Now, imagine the unintended containers left at an illegal dump site.  Just to name a few, there are tires, mattresses, and toys.  Left unattended these articles accumulate more than enough stagnate water to attract and breed mosquitoes.

With the large amounts of rain and snow most cities have experienced this winter and spring, there is a lot of standing water.  And there are a lot of Illegal Dumping Sites.  Therefore, the probability of pestilence is high this year.

Illegal Dumping is a problem cities should take seriously. Thankfully, most people dispose of their trash in a responsible way.  However, there are some who do not, and the rest of the population is counting on the cities to do everything they can to prevent the  mosquito borne diseases that are plaguing the communities.  What is your city doing to prevent illegal dumping, the mosquito breeding grounds?