Illegal dumping has always been an persistent problem in the city of Detroit but now with little fear of getting caught, the dumpers are getting bolder.
William Eckel, who recently moved to Detroit from Kentucky after serving our country says he didn’t realized the massive trash pile next door to his new home until the snow melted.
According to WXYZ, it’s not just individuals dumping. Evidence in the debris piles indicate the trash is coming from businesses as well. Some from close by, others from the suburbs. As expected, residents are becoming increasingly fed up with the dumpers and in some cases, they’ve chased illegal dumpers down and made them return and clean up their mess. When they can’t chase them down, some residents have begun taking pictures and posting them on social media sites.
However, WXYZ reports that city leaders are renewing efforts to address Detroit’s illegal dumping problem and with private companies taking over some of Detroit’s trash collection duties, Detroit Public Works employees will be freed up to start going after illegal dumpers. Fines for illegal dumping vary but could go up to $10,000. Violators also risked having their vehicles impounded.
To report illegal dumping in Detroit, call 313-224-6000. When possible, please record time, date, location, description of vehicle, company name or log and the license plate number.
For more details on this trash dumping situation, see exclusive video from WXYZ.com below: