Just Say No to Dumping

Dallas campaign cuts down on piles of unsightly illegal junk

Dallas campaign cuts down on piles of unsightly illegal junk

Trinity River, Dallas
Dallas is cracking down on illegal dumping. Courtesy photo

In its ongoing battle against illegal dumping, Dallas has notched another bit of good news, with a sizable increase in the number of arrests: The Dallas Marshal's office made 22 arrests for illegal dumping in June alone, for a total of 197 arrests during the 2015-16 fiscal year to date. There were 142 illegal dumping arrests in the previous year.

The city is hammering away at a list of 62 illegal dump sites in Dallas, and it has crossed off eight, bringing the number down to 54. Many of these illegal dumping cases in Dallas are contractors trying to avoid fees at the landfill.

Code Compliance received 5,000 reports of illegal dumping this fiscal year to date. Chief Deputy Paul Hansen of the Dallas Marshal's office says that the program benefits when people make reports.

"Increased citizen awareness and reporting helps us set up our surveillance systems to lead to more illegal dumping arrests," he says in a release.

If you see illegal dumping, call 911. Note the vehicle description, license plate, and a description of the suspect to assist authorities. If you see an illegal dumping site, call 311. CrimeStoppers also offers up to $1,500 for information leading to an illegal dumping arrest.

Common illegal dumping violations include construction and demolition waste; hauling trash for profit and dumping it in unauthorized locations; chemical disposal; dumping household trash, construction debris, and/or yard waste in unauthorized locations; and pouring motor oil or restaurant grease into storm drains or down manholes.

It's even illegal to let someone dump waste on your property for residential bulk and brush collection if that waste was not generated from your property. Don't do that.

In June, the city introduced a campaign called "Real Trash Talk," and it's using the slogan in hashtags, on billboards, and in other public service postings. City officials have placed more than 50 cameras in chronic illegal dumping sites to catch those breaking the law.