DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — The city of Dayton is working to stop the burgeoning, and expensive, issue of illegal dumping.
A vacant lot on S. Jersey St. is just one illegal dumping site in the city, which spent roughly $600,000 in 2020 alone to pick up more than 3,600 tons of illegally dumped debris.
“Who wants to live next door to this, right?” said said Fred Stovall, director of Dayton Public Works. “Nobody wants to.”
Stovall is working to raise awareness about the issue, as it diverts city resources away from other things. For example, paying more to haul illegally dumped debris takes time and money away from mowing and filling potholes.
“You’re creating environmental issues … it could potentially maybe impact the water, it depends on what you dump,” he said.
The city uses around 50 surveillance cameras to try and catch people in the act. The penalties for illegal dumping include a fine of up to $500, up to 60 days in jail and up to one year probation.
“Our goal is if we catch you illegal dumping, it’s to prosecute you to the fullest extent of those penalties,” said Stovall.