City of Tampa launches an active enforcement pursuit to attack illegal dumping
Neighborhood Empowerment Department and the Solid Waste and Environmental Program Management have teamed up with the Tampa Police Department in conjunction with East Tampa Revitalization Community Partnership Environmental Crime Detective to address illegal dumping.
Illegal dumping is a serious problem affecting the entire city. In fiscal year 2017; Neighborhood Enhancement (formerly Clean City) disposed nearly 2,979 tons of waste costing $210,264.
“Illegal dumping interrupts the activity of the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of public and private sector. This can be an overwhelming problematic expenditure,” said Detective L Miles, Tampa Police Department Environmental Crime Detective. “These costs are an inconvenience to our residing customers.”
East Tampa Revitalization Community Partnership developed an Environmental Crime Unit which combats illegal dumping in the East Tampa area. As a deterrent, surveillance cameras are put in place to monitor most of the East Tampa illegal dumping hot spots.
There have been several cases where the motion surveillance cameras have provided enough evidence which led to the arrest of offenders. With the use of the cameras, the illegal dumping issues have reduced somewhat within the East Tampa area which shows the success of the cameras.
If caught, violators will be prosecuted to the full extent of law being charged civilly or criminally for improper disposal of debris that is not transported to the proper disposal site. The violation of the offense can be as small as a fine up to a misdemeanor or felony charge.