Today, we are equipped to not only clean up after illegal dumpers, but also identify, locate and prosecute those caught on camera. In 2009, in collaboration with the Philadelphia Police Department Neighborhood Services Unit, our office began installing surveillance cameras that were used in multiple locations throughout the city to photograph short dumping activity. The cameras are mobile so they can be easily repositioned from one location to the next. The images taken by the cameras are used to help locate and prosecute the offenders. As the program develops, we expect to add additional cameras and clamp down further on short dumping.
- Illegal dumping is a crime in the City of Philadelphia.
- For the past several years the City of Philadelphia removed tens of millions of pounds of illegally dumped trash and debris from the city. In fiscal year 2010, the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services removed over 11 million pounds of trash and debris, mostly from abandoned lots.
- Some violators were caught tossing household trash on our streets that would have been picked up anyway by the City's weekly trash collection service.
- According to the Philadelphia Police Department Neighborhood Services Unit, the number one reason violators gave for short dumping household trash was that they did not want to wait for the weekly trash collection service. Most violators who were caught dumping oversized trash and construction materials said they wanted to avoid paying the required disposal fees.