Illegal dumping can create serious public health concerns. While both littering and illegal dumping are against the law, the difference between the two is quite significant. Littering typically involves a small amount of waste and a small fine if the perpetrator is caught, whereas, illegal dumping refers to large amounts of waste, thousands of dollars in fines, felony charges and possible jail time.
Why is Illegal Dumping a Public Health Concern?
An empty lot or alleyway filled with old furniture, paint cans and tires is more than an eyesore.
- Some illegally dumped materials may require specialized disposal. Tires, chemicals, electronics and other solvents cannot simply be tossed in the trash. To ensure the safety of the environment, these should be sorted and disposed of properly. Illegally dumping these materials in the open can cause damage to the soil, water or surrounding inhabitants.
- Illegal dump sites draw rodents, pests and other vermin. Left undisturbed, unwanted vermin can quickly multiply and invade nearby homes.
- Warm, stagnant water will pool in discarded tires. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that mosquitos breed up to 100 times more rapidly in this environment. This could possibly spread disease like the West Nile Virus.
Beyond the obvious public health issues, illegal dumping affects the entire community. Home values may decrease, and community morale may decline as a result of living in a trash infested community.
Dumpster Rental: The Best Way to Dispose of Bulky Debris
When faced with a pile of debris to dispose of, individuals and businesses have several options at hand:
- Take the waste to the landfill yourself: If the amount of debris can fit in a single pickup truck load, this may be a good option. Most landfills charge a small fee for DIY disposal and have separate areas for electronics, liquids and other risky items to ensure proper disposal.
- Recycle as much as possible: A local waste disposal company can provide recycling bins to collect yard waste, wood, scrap metals and sod for recycling.
- Rent a dumpster: Renting a dumpster can be the easiest, most economical way to rid yourself of trash, construction waste and debris. Dumpsters come in various sizes to fit your job’s needs. A dumpster is delivered to your doorstep and hauled away when the job is done. All you have to do is fill it up and rest easy knowing that the dumpster company will take care of disposing of everything in a way that is safe and complies with all local ordinances.
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