Illegal dumping is a growing problem you can do something about. No one wants to go hiking to commune with nature to find a big pile of old furniture, trash, and debris. The smell and danger from poisonous critters are enough to ruin the day of the most optimistic nature lover.
There is something you can do to turn this problem around. Below are steps to prevent the pollution of Texas woodlands, wildlands, and open spaces.
#1 – What’s Going On
Knowing why a problem exists helps everyone learn where they can personally be more responsible. Then spread this nature-friendly habit to others. Together we can create a culture that prevents and stops these dangerous dumpers.
There are several reasons people illegally dump:
Can’t afford dump fees – People under financial duress make choices they usually wouldn’t, including dumping trash in out-of-the-way places.
Won’t pay dump fees – Seasonal junkers (with no business license) do this because they do not know how to estimate the costs of a job correctly. In their haste to make a deal, they forget to factor in the cost of gas and dump fees. They dump unwanted items in nature preserves, farmlands, and waterways to ensure they profit from the deal. Their focus is solely on lining their pockets – not how their actions pollute our environment.
#2 – Where Does this Happen
Where do you find these illegal dump sites?
Look for locations that are not immediately visible from the road. Texas is a bountiful area filled with beautiful scenic spots that are not immediately visible from the road.
Here are some of the more common locations to find illegal dumpsites:
Country roads (aka back roads)
Farmlands & Ranchlands
National and State parks
Waterways, water reserves, wells, and lakes
Abandoned homes and lots
#3 – Understand How Illegal Dumping Limits You?
Nature calls to us and calms our spirits during stressful times.
Imagine you are walking along wooded paths.
You start to relax those tense muscles when you suddenly smell something awful. You look up and see a rat-infested mattress with disgusting filth. The moment is gone.
In addition to losing a precious moment of peace, illegal dumping:
Pollutes the groundwater and air
Pollutes the soil used to grow the foods we eat
Breeds disease-carrying vermin like rats (rodents of all types), mosquitos, roaches, bed bugs, fleas, ticks, flies, squirrels, raccoons, venomous and non-venomous spires, wasps, and termites
Lowers property values
Violates homeowner association (HOA) policy like those of the villages in The Woodlands
#4 – Most Commonly Dumped Award Goes To …
Trash and junk are the most commonly dumped items. Trash is food waste, wrappers, diapers, and other small disposable unsanitary items that fit in a 96-gallon tote. Generally, junk consists of things larger than a 96-gallon tote and does not pose a health risk – like a broken freezer or mattress.
Commonly dumped items include
Old & broken furniture
Old mattresses – the perfect breeding ground for bedbugs and lice
Homeless camp debris
<blockquote> The disease-spreading criminals have destroyed many spur-of-the-moment picnics.
#5 – Empower Yourself – What Can YOU Do About Illegal Dumping?
Your actions or inactions make a loud noise in the fight to keep Texas beautiful. You don’t have to spend your weekends picking up other people’s trash, but you and your favorite charity can volunteer.
While volunteering is not for everyone, there are several things everyone can do:
Call professionals to remove all junk that won’t fit in your 96-gallon trash can. Click here to learn the difference between trash and junk.
Know the questions to ask your junk removal company
Do they have a business license
Do they have a professional website
Do they have a professional email address? If they can’t take the time to set up a professional email, how do you know they are legitimate? What will they do with your items?
What do their Google Reviews say?
What does the estimate of fees include?
What do they do with the items after they are collected?
Who is their favorite charity? Where do they donate the usable items?
# 6 – Who do I call to report illegal dumping?
Texans are rightfully proud of the work and care we put into our home state. Our home is beautiful and grand. To help keep it that way, local and state agencies have developed easy ways to report illegal dumping.
The Woodlands – Call The Woodlands Township Resident Care Center at (281) 210-3800.
Spring, Texas – Harris County’s Environmental Crimes Unit at (832-927-6161 or click here to report it online
Conroe, Texas – Montgomery County, Texas – Environmental Health
Statewide: ReportDFDumping.org at (888) 335-DUMP.
Don’t Mess with Texas Water Program at (512) 239-0010
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