Pima County can cite residents for illegal trash dumping - Tucson News Now

Pima County can cite residents for illegal trash dumping

(Source: http://webcms.pima.gov) (Source: http://webcms.pima.gov)
 By Angeline Carbajal, Tucson News Now intern

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Pima County Department of Environmental Quality warns residents to beware of where their trash is getting dumped to avoid receiving a violation notice in the mail.

PDEQ finds hundreds of illegal trash dumpsites each year that were often dumped by people residents hired to dispose of the trash for them.

Often times the person takes the payment and instead of driving the trash to the landfill, they dump the items in the middle of the desert.

Pima County will cite the owner for improper disposal of solid waste and fine them if the trash is not cleaned immediately, even if they were not the ones who dumped the trash. Anyone can dispute the citation if they have evidence to prove they did not dump the trash.

“Illegal dumping destroys the beauty of our desert, creates a breeding ground for disease carriers, degrades wildlife habitat, endangers children, and impacts air and water quality,” officials said.  

PDEQ recommends the following tips to avoid secondhand dumping:

·         Hire a permitted solid waste hauler or someone you trust

·         Know the hauler’s name, address and phone number

·         Arrange to pay the hauler half of the fee up front and the other half when they return with a dated landfill receipt

·         Pay by check and get a receipt

A list of permitted solid waste haulers is available on the PDEQ website at http://webcms.pima.gov/government/environmental_quality/.

Residents will help protect water quality and the beauty of the desert by hiring a trustworthy solid waste hauler, according to the release.
PDEQ asks anyone who sees an illegal dumpsite to call the PDEQ Illegal Dumping Hotline at (520) 622-5800 any time and day of the week. Anyone interested in more information on illegal dumping or permitted solid waste haulers can call PDEQ at (520) 724-7400 or visit the Waste Programs page on the PDEQ website.

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