Goals of the Workshop:
- Provide useful tools to improve local jurisdictions' illegal dumping programs.
- Brainstorm and provide recommendations to develop effective statewide enforcement
- Provide a networking opportunity for local enforcement agency staff (LEAs),
code enforcement, public works, law
enforcement, and other agencies that share responsibility for resolving illegal dumping
Nature of the Problem:
exercise. What is illegal dumping vs. an illegal disposal site?
Creative Surveillance and Compliance:
Find out what surveillance and
compliance techniques work in various jurisdictions and why they have been
- Within the context of a typical illegal dumping scenario, attendees
shared their experiences regarding compliance and surveillance tools that work and
those that don't. The scenario and the questions each group discussed, along with the
combined answers from all the workshops, are provided.
This is a
culmination of discussions with different district attorneys, county counsels,
and enforcement agencies working in the field. Discover what it takes to successfully
prosecute illegal dumpers.
- State statute citations (penalties, infraction vs. misdemeanor).
- Problems or loopholes in current statutes.
- What county ordinances have been successful?
- Illegal nuisance dumping vs. an illegal disposal site.
- Sample ordinance language.
- Gaining support from your counsel.
- What does your counsel need to prosecute?
- Model task list on how to develop a case file (photos, video, documentation, interviews,
mail, license plate numbers, etc.).
Setting-up an infrastructure to tackle illegal dumping. Review unique local solutions to
- Initiating local programs.
- How to obtain voluntary compliance.
- Legal strategies for remediation.
- Public funded cleanup.
- Promoting community involvement.
Finding a Solution:
Find out what local jurisdictions believe are the roadblocks to preventing illegal
dumping in their area. Also discussed are potential solutions to the
- Small group discussion on potential solutions for effective statewide enforcement.
- Develop recommendations.
Clean Up, Prevention, and Maintenance:
- Funding resources.
- Creative recycling methods to save money (cost estimates).
- Use of volunteers and inexpensive labor.
- Health and safety issues.
- Handling procedures for various waste types (white goods, abandoned
vehicles, tires, household hazardous waste, etc.).
Illegal Dumping Training