City Tackles Illegal Dumping

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, July 16, 2007

They plan to ask the city council Tuesday for more leeway in dealing with illegal dumpers. William Skinner, a waste collections superintendent with the city, says they’ve looked at how other communities are dealing with the problem. 

"Camera surveillance has proven to be very effective in San Francisco. The rewards program has proven to be effective in different parts of the state so yeah, we’re looking at what other cities have done and looking at things that have been successful."   

Allowing free monthly dump days for all city residents is another option they’re looking at. Skinner says it costs the city between $700,000 and $800,000 a year to clean up illegally dumped trash.