New Tough Dumping Law in San Joaquin County

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, November 26, 2004
Unload a pickup truck full of garbage or dump an old appliance such as a washing machine in a rural area of San Joaquin Country and it could cost you plenty if you’re caught. The Board of Supervisors has increased the fine from 50 to as much as five thousand dollars. And it’s not just police officers that dumpers have to be wary of. As Supervisor Jack Sieglock explains, under a provision of the revised ordinance, ordinary citizens can collect a reward for turning in a violator. SIEGLOCK :08—And they can receive up to 50 percent of that fine, so in the case of a five thousand dollar fine, somebody can actually get 25-hundred dollars. To assist in the effort to detect illegal dumping, the county is going to install some surveillance cameras in areas where garbage is often discarded. The county spent nearly 750-thousand dollars last year cleaning up over three thousand dumping sites. Bob Hensley KXJZ News.