Goodwill hopes fine curb big expenseIllegal dumping could become a costly venture. The council this week raised the fine for illegal dumping 10-fold in an effort to curb the trashing of Wisconsin Point and the Superior Municipal Forest.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
Illegal dumping could become a costly venture.
The council this week raised the fine for illegal dumping 10-fold in an effort to curb the trashing of Wisconsin Point and the Superior Municipal Forest.
Under the new fine structure, the fine was raised from $100 to $1,000.
With court costs added, a violation could cost a violator nearly $1,400.
At least one nonprofit that pays a hefty price for illegal dumping hopes the city’s new law will yield benefits for people with barriers to employment.
Goodwill Industries, which has a store on Tower Avenue, is hoping the new fine will discourage illegal dumping at its store. While a sign on the building notifies donors items such as mattresses, appliances and damaged furniture are not usable and cannot be sold, those items are often left north of the building.
Goodwill spends thousands of dollars getting rid of unusable items, money that should be used to provide jobs to people with barriers to employment, said Goodwill Director Marge Bray.
The new fine, along with improved signage at the store at 2401 Tower Ave., will provide a more effective basis for dumping enforcement.
However, Bray has advice for the majority of donors to avoid trouble with enforcement of the new ordinance: Drop off items during store hours so staff can advise which items the organization cannot take.
The Superior Goodwill store is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
Bringing donated goods to the store during store hours also ensures that your items are secure and help the people with barriers to employment, Bray said.