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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!

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How to Combat Nuisance Crimes

How to Combat Nuisance Crimes

There are many types of nuisance crimes such as: graffiti, vandalism, illegal dumping, trespassing, and metal theft. These types of nuisance crimes are becoming an epidemic throughout the entire world.

Each type of nuisance crime affects not only the environment but also the community. When the community is overrun with different defacing crimes, it lowers the communities “worth”. The city starts to look unmaintained and dirty, thus making the city undesirable. Nuisance crimes need to be stopped.

There are many different programs available to cities:

  • “Alley-Gating”. This program helps stop crimes by blocking off restricted areas that are targets from different nuisance crimes. This kind of program can help limit some of the crimes that occur in cities.
  • “Hot- spot Policing”. When crimes seem to be occurring frequently in certain spots, they are known as hot-spots. If there are active policemen around the hot-spot area, the crime drops drastically, however this is costly.
  • Hot Line numbers. Every city should have hot line numbers that citizens can anonymously call and inform the city when they witness a crime happen. Although hot line numbers do not stop crime, they do help reduce crime.
  • Crime Deterrent Cameras. These kinds of cameras help deter crime before it occurs. Almost all occurrences of nuisance crime disappear when deployed.
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.

Hazards of Illegal Dumping Sites

Hazards of Illegal Dumping Sites

Illegal dumping needs to be managed and stopped. Illegal waste dumping, a problem around the country, causes environmental and physical hazardous that could cause harm to children. What should be a waste management issue becomes safety management for children. 

Although illegal dump sites are hazardous to all people and animals, trash environments are especially dangerous for children, who see the abandoned refrigerators and couches piled up as an invitation to “playhouse”.  Besides abandoned objects, dump sites contain hazards like sharp objects, construction debris, and disposed chemicals. 

Hawaii News Now speaks of the neighborhood, Makakil, who are experiencing illegal dumping in their community. At the dump site, there are a few refrigerators and couches that the children play on. The parents in the community say it’s a “hazard for children”, and they want the problem to stop.

There many more communities around the US that have the issue of illegal waste dumping. Unfortunately this issue has become a safety concern for some parents, like in Makakil. Local governments should be dealing with waste management so local communities can be safer, but instead illegal dumping has become a safety problem for parents. Local governments should incorporate ways to stop illegal dumping in their waste management program, so that the dumping nuisance does not increase the concern parents have in protecting their children.

What is your city doing to stop illegal dumping?