Illegal dumping is any unauthorized disposal of waste on any public or private property. Usually to avoid collection and disposal fees or because the illegal dumper believes proper disposal is just “too much trouble.”
How Does it Affect Our Community?
There are three main reasons: Money, quality of life, and the environment.
Is a community eyesore
Decreases neighborhood property values
Costs taxpayers millions of dollars in clean-up costs
Negatively impacts plants and wildlife
Poses safety hazards to people, especially children
Provides a breeding ground for disease-carrying rodents, insects, and other vermin
Disrupts natural land and water processes and ruins wildlife habitat
Pollutes surface and groundwater
Who Handles Illegal Dumping?
Public Right-of-Way - Public Works
Current year to date total of incidents, 567 compared to last year 655 (during the same time period July through January). If trend continues, the number of reports will decrease by over 150.
Private Property - Code Enforcement
The total number of "cases" results from proactive enforcement action or a community complaint. Citations are issued due to non-compliance of a property owner or directly to the person responsible for the dumping.