Austin Junk Removal: How You Can Stop Illegal Dumping

Posted: August 13, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Illegal dumping in Texas is a serious problem. According to the Austin city government, the city spends $250,000 a year cleaning up illegal dumping sites.

Why must the city clean these sites?

Because according to the Tarrant County government, “dumping trash in unauthorized locations is unsightly and can cause major public health and safety concerns. Dumpsites can contain broken glass, exposed metal, hazardous wastes and other dangerous materials. Rats, snakes, mosquitoes and other pests are attracted to and populate around dumpsites, making the costs to clean these sites run into the millions of dollars. Illegal dumping also has economic impacts on the surrounding communities –– it fosters a negative community image. People are more likely to dump on property where dumping has already occurred.”

So what can you do to stop illegal dumping?

If you see illegal dumping, report it! The state of Texas has created a hotline that anyone can call and report a violation to. The number is 1-888-335-DUMP. You can also report violations to your local police office or environmental force.

Secondly, if you’re in Austin and hiring a junk removal company to haul away your trash, make sure they are licensed by the city of Austin. You can find licensed companies at http://www.austintexas.gov/page/licensed-private-waste-haulers.

The third thing you can do is spread the word to your family and friends about the consequences of illegal dumping. In addition to all the consequences listed above, illegal dumping is punishable by a $2,000 fine for a first offense.

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