Pat Quinn, Governor
Illegal dumping affects all Illinois citizens’ quality of life. Abandoned furniture, appliances and garbage can be an eyesore and pose a potentially negative impact to property values. Illegally disposed chemicals, tires and construction debris can pose a health and safety risk to nearby citizens, especially children who may play on the disposal site.
The cost of preventing illegal dumping can amount to the cost of placement of video cameras in common disposal areas; providing outreach information on a city or school website; making brochures available through the city, chamber of commerce or health department.
Providing public service announcements about reporting illegal dumping and broadcasting successful arrests and prosecutions can go a long way to deter illegal dumping. Illinois EPA can offer legal and technical assistance to local law enforcement in prosecuting these illegal acts at the local level before they become a bigger problem.
Prevention of Illegal Dumps
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is partnering with the Illinois Departments of Public Health and Natural Resources and the Office of the Attorney General in a state-wide effort to prevent illegal dumping. The idea is to stop each small dumping event from becoming a larger, potential threat to public health and the environment and a costly mess that must be cleaned up with taxpayer’s money. For this effort to be effective, we need cooperation and commitment from local government, enforcement agencies and other organizations and associations to provide educational information to citizens in your area.Read more…
Abandoned piles of household garbage, bags of yard waste, appliances, old barrels, used tires, and demolition debris such as lumber, shingles, pipes and asbestos can threaten the health of humans, wildlife, and the environment. Known as open dumps, these sites can be found throughout Illinois -- heaped at the bottom of ravines, in empty lots and pastures, and along roadsides. An open dump is an illegal waste disposal site and should not be confused with a permitted municipal solid waste landfill or a recycling facility. If allowed to remain, open dumps often grow larger, and may attract dumping of both solid and hazardous wastes.Read more…
Proper Disposal Methods
Individuals sometimes dump garbage from their own households or businesses. This practice carries both environmental and legal risks. The responsible alternative is to hire a company to haul away the garbage and dispose of it legally. Household garbage is often found in open dumps. Disreputable haulers find that they can make a bigger profit by illegally dumping the garbage rather than paying the disposal fees to the landfills. Regardless of whether the generator of the garbage has contracted with the hauler, the generator can be held responsible for the garbage if it is illegally disposed.Read more…
The Illinois EPA's role in the management of used and waste tires in Illinois is two-phased. First, the Agency regulates the used tire industry (ie., generators, transporters, processors, and end users of used tires) to ensure all are operating in compliance with applicable statutes and regulations. Second, the Illinois EPA operates a cleanup program to remove waste tires from dump sites. Both programs have been effective due in part to the dedicated funding the legislature has provided through the $2.50 per tire user fee collected from retail tire customers in Illinois.Read more…
The I-RID program was initiated to clean up orphan dump sites and abandoned piles of waste. Essentially, the land owner has a duty to prevent open dumping and to clean up any pollution on their property. The dumper is also liable for open dumping and is subject to enforcement action. The generator of the waste that is illegally dumped is also responsible. If a clean up is ordered on private lands due to a threat to human and environmental health, Illinois EPA may attempt to recover the costs of the clean up from the property owner. The program operated from September 2006 to July 2010.Read more…
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