City officials address illegal dumping in the City of Dallas
Officials yesterday urged residents to help fight a growing problem plaguing the City of Dallas: illegal dumping.
In a press conference at Dowdy Ferry, one of 62 locations identified as chronic dumping sites across the City, representatives from the Marshal’s Office, Code Compliance, Sanitation, Dallas Animal Services, Dallas Police and 311 stressed the urgent need for more citizen involvement.
“Illegal dumping affects quality of life, property values, contributes to blight and hurts the perception of our city,” said Mayor Pro Tem Erik Wilson. Penalties for illegal dumping range from 180 days in jail to two years in state prison plus fines. City officials urged citizens to call 911 if they witness illegal dumping; noting the vehicle license plate and suspect description to assist authorities.
The City is aggressively working to stop illegal dumping and has placed an additional 50 cameras around the city to catch offenders in the act. Twenty arrests have been made since April for illegal dumping.
The City has also launched an educational campaign called DallasPETS, utilizing the hashtag #DallasPETS on social media, to educate the citizens of Dallas on how to properly dispose of their pets. The City Marshal, Code Compliance, Sanitation, Dallas Animal Services, 311 and Dallas Police have teamed up to develop stronger protocols and training in the handling of dead animals. In fiscal year 2014-2015 there were 15,694 dead animal pick up service requests.
If a pet has died either call your veterinarian or 311 to arrange for a curbside pickup from Sanitation Services. Deceased pets can also be brought to Dallas Animal Services at 1818 N. Westmoreland Road during business hours.
Additionally, the City has collected about 20,000 tires this year. Officials noted that tires and other materials can be disposed of at the landfill at 5100 Youngblood or at a designated transfer station. Residents must present a water bill and valid driver’s license to drop off materials. This is a free service, but residents are limited to less than a 15-foot trailer. Citizens can also call 311 to request a special pick-up, but there is a fee for this service.
A total of 5,686 illegal dumping service requests were recorded in fiscal year 2014-2015.
Please click below for photos and a video showing illegal dumping in the City of Dallas captured by surveillance cameras.