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Resource Conservation Council

Stop Illegal Dumping Subcommittee

In the Regional Solid Waste Management Plan for North Central Texas, the vision of success for preventing illegal dumping in the region is to see that it is significantly reduced. In order to facilitate this endeavor, a “Stop Illegal Dumping” Subcommittee was formed from the Resource Conservation Council. The subcommittee is made up of local government staff, public interest organizations and private sector service providers.

The subcommittee meets periodically to address aspects of dealing with abandoned piles of household garbage, bags of yard waste, discarded appliances, old barrels, used tires and demolition debris. The illegal dumping of various types of materials is a problem for many of the local governments in the region. Illegal dumping problems in the area vary tremendously based on the many types of communities and the wide range of residents and businesses throughout the area.

Costs for clean-up can run into the thousands or even millions of dollars, and sites that are not cleaned up can lead to a number of health and safety concerns. Illegal dumping also fosters a negative image in a community. People are much more likely to dump on property where a dumpsite already exists. Illegal dumping problems in the region have ranged from the operation of the largest illegal solid waste landfill in Texas to countless cases of household trash being dumped in vacant lots and along rural roads.

Dealing with these type issues has prompted the subcommittee to focus upon environmental law enforcement education, providing surveillance equipment to local governments through a loan program, working with NCTCOG staff to provide a regional “Hotline” to report illegal dumping activities, and mapping chronic dump sites for use by cities and counties.

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