City foots the bill for illegal dumpingAs the weather gets warmer, many of us are motivated to do spring cleaning. Unfortunately, this results in some people illegally dumping their discarded items in the more remote areas of the city.
As the weather gets warmer, many of us are motivated to do spring cleaning. Unfortunately, this results in some people illegally dumping their discarded items in the more remote areas of the city. Officers often find discarded items while on patrol or we are alerted to illegal dumping sites by citizens.
The burden of cleaning up the dumping sites falls on the city at great expense. Contractors with the city receive a $150 administrative fee each time they are called on by the city to do clean up. In addition, there is a $25 fee for disposal of items such as washers and dryers, refrigerators and larger appliances. Tires are $6 each and mattresses, couches and recliners are $15 each. The frequency and locations vary, however, this doesn’t just happen in the spring. This is a year-round issue for the city.
While we would discourage anyone from directly confronting a person that is doing this activity, if you see someone dumping items illegally, you can help by taking just a minute to gather some important information. This would include a description of the vehicle and license plate if you can see it. Try to remember what the individual or individuals look like and be prepared to give a description to 911 dispatchers when you call.
Even if they are no longer in the area, with this valuable information, we can hopefully identify the owner of the vehicle and ultimately hold the suspect accountable.
There are significant fines associated with illegal dumping. There is a city ordinance for “dumping refuse” which carries a $1,397.50 fine. For littering of smaller objects (fast food bags, soda cans, etc.), there is a city ordinance for littering, which carries a $263.50 fine.
Tomorrow, there is free landfill use for Superior residents from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity to get rid of your garbage, brush and tree debris. Disposal of most items is free on this date with a nominal charge for tires and mattresses. City clean-up is also running from April 30 to May 25. Check the city web site for upcoming clean-up in your neighborhood.
We hope you can take advantage of these opportunities and please don’t hesitate to call 911 when you witness someone illegally dumping refuse in the city. All of us working together can help to keep Superior a great place to live and visit.