County To Get Tough On Illegal Dumping

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, October 25, 2005

County supervisors are angry about illegal dumping.

"It degrades our entire community to have to put up with this."

During a workshop on the problem held Tuesday, Supervisor Roger Dickinson says it’s time to get tough.

"The way I think we will have great impact is we nail a few people and we do it very publicly."

Officials with the county’s Department of Wast Management and Recycling say most of the dumping happens along rural county roads. Department Director David Pelser says on top of just making the county look trashy, it’s also a traffic safety hazard and expensive.

"Right now we’re spending in excess of $300,000 just picking up the material that’s being illegally dumped and that’s on an annual basis."

Illegally dumping trash is currently an infraction but a proposed ordinance would raise the penalty to a misdemeanor with fines of up to $1,000. Violators would also have their vehicles impounded.