DUMPING IN OUR COMMUNITY
What is Illegal Dumping?
Illegal dumping is any unauthorized disposal of waste on any public or private property. Usually, people dump illegally to avoid collection and disposal fees, or because they believe proper disposal is just “too much trouble.”
Why is Illegal Dumping a Serious Problem for the Community?
There are three reasons: money, health, and the environment.
Specifically, illegal dumping:
- 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 ground water
- In general, lowers the quality of life for L.A. County’s residents
What is the Penalty For Illegal Dumping?
California Penal Code 374.3 makes illegal dumping on public and private property punishable by a fine up to $10,000. Also, pursuant to Section 117555 of the California health and Safety Code, a person who dumps illegally is punishable by up to six months in jail.
In August 2005, the County of Los Angeles adopted an ordinance that would allow the Sheriff to seize a vehicle if it is used in the act of illegal dumping. In addition, effective01/01/2010 Assembly Bill AB 14authorizes cities & counties to adopt local ordinances stating that if a person is arrested for using a vehicle to commit or attempt to commit a crime of prostitution or illegal commercial / residential dumping, that vehicle may be considered a public nuisance and subject to impound for up to 30 days.
What Can You Do To Help?
If you see illegal dumping “in the act” report it by calling1-888-838-6746 If it is not witnessed than you can call the County Dumping Hotline @ 1-626-458-4357 orLA County Graffiti Abatement @ 1-800-675-4357 and ask to place a dumping report and have the County pick it up.In addition to reporting, All residents should be encouraged to handle waste responsibly…Everyone should:
- Dispose of your own waste properly and spread the word to friends and neighbors that illegal dumping is a crime,
- Do not transport unsecured debris in the back of a vehicle, and always use a tarp or other cover
- Support cleanup of vacant lots and other sites commonly used for illegal dumping
- Take your used motor oil and other household hazardous waste (HHW) and electronic waste (E-waste) to proper collection facilities..
- Support recycling programs in your community.
- AT ISSUE HERE IN WISEBURN!! – Bulky items, such as furniture, large appliances, etc., can often times be donated, or they can be collected by your waste hauler, if you make arrangements, usually for a nominal fee it can be picked up right from your curb,
- Waste tires illegally dumped are a significant problem. They can catch fire and are difficult to put out. Also, they are a haven for mosquito’s, which can spread disease to pets & people. Please recycle your waste tires!
Lastly, as this is important
Please take the time to follow up on your dumping complaints, as with any large entity the County can move very slowly and it may require repeated attempts by you to get your complaint to the right personnel for eventual prosecution.