Prevent Illegal Dumping on Texas Wildlands
Texas wild and woodlands are under attack from illegal dumping!
Here’s is what you can do to prevent the destruction of our precious woodlands, wildlands, and open spaces.
#1 – Understand the Problem
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.
The are several reasons people illegally dump, they either:
- 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 make sure they profit from the deal. Their focus is solely on lining their pockets – not how their actions pollute our environment.
#2 – Know the Affected Areas
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)
- Side streets
- National and State parks
- Urban centers
- Waterways, water reserves, wells, and lakes
#3 – Know How Illegal Dumping Affects You?
Nature calls to us and calms our spirits during stressful times.
Imagine you are walking along wooded paths.
You are just starting to relax those tense muscles when suddenly you smell something awful. You look up and see a rat-infested mattress with all manner of disgusting filth on it. The moment is gone.
In addition to losing a precious moment of peace, illegal dumping:
- Pollutes the groundwater
- Pollutes the soil used to grow the foods we eat
- Pollutes the air
- Breeds disease-carrying vermin like rats (rodents of all types), mosquitos, roaches, bed bugs, fleas, ticks, flies, squirrels, raccoons, venomous and non-venomous spiders, wasps, and termites
- Lowers property values
- Violates homeowner association (HOA) policy like those of the villages in The Woodlands
#4 – Know What Gets Dumped Most
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 speaking, 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
#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
- What will they do with your items?
- What does the estimate of fees include?
- What do they do with the items after they are collected?
- Who is their favorite charity that gets their donatable items?
- Report it!
The disease-spreading criminals have destroyed many spur-of-the-moment picnics.
# 6 – Who do I call to report illegally 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: org at (888) 335-DUMP.
- Don’t Mess with Texas Water Program at (512) 239-0010
Be a part of the solution!
Call us at (936) 445-8159 and make sure your next junk removal does not end up in an illegal dump!