Private trash haulers saving a buck for themselves don’t want to pay commercial landfills to handle their loads of garbage, so often unincorporated areas often find illegal commercial dumping grounds like on the drop off road to Newport Elementary, here, discovered last Friday.
Such illegal commercial dumping cost Crosby Independent School District their recycling revenue a couple of years ago. At the middle school in Crosby the recycle bids were frequently filled not with paper (the only legal entry) but with buckets, plastic, pallets and office waste was thrown. The revenue generated by recycling was to be used for extra curricular expenses.
Superintendent Davis had to curtail the program as the dumping had created an expense when Crosby needed it least.
Precinct One Constable’s Office handles environmental crimes for all of Harris County. Last year it filed close to 400 illegal dumping charges, cases where trash and tires were left piled on vacant lots and in ditches.
“If you were to go to one of the commercial landfills and actually weigh the material that you are hauling there’s a cost associated with it,” said Constable Alan Rosen. “So people figure this will be pure profit if I just dump it right here.”
“When there’s a small dumping site that happens other people think that’s a place where they can dump stuff too,” added Rosen.
Rosen indicates his department deployed 100 undercover cameras to catch people dumping illegally in Harris County. The program has had some success.