When items are dumped illegally, whether on roadsides, in alleys, along creeks or on empty lots, it affects all of us. What begins as a nuisance and an eyesore can quickly grow as the dump site attracts more illegally dumped items.
These piles become a breeding ground for disease-carrying rodents, insects and other pests. They pose safety hazards to people, especially children. They can decrease surrounding property values. Plus, they cost taxpayers millions of dollars to clean up each year.
Here’s what you can do to help prevent and clean up illegal dumping:
• When you see litter, pick it up. An area that is clean and clear of litter is more likely to stay that way.
• Use appropriate containers for all of your recycling, waste and yard waste.
• Don’t set out large items that need to be disposed (such as appliances or furniture) until after you arrange for a bulky-item pickup.
• When you spot an illegal dump site, don’t ignore it. Instead, note the location and report it to your solid waste authority or health department.
• If you see someone dumping illegally, do not confront them. Instead and if possible, discretely take a photo of the activity. Write down a description of the person and/or vehicle, as well as the license plate number. Call your police department’s non-emergency number to report this activity.
• Take part in community cleanup programs to help keep your city looking good for residents and visitors.
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