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Illegal Dumping at Commercial Real Estate Properties

Posted by Amy Hite on Aug 8, 2017

Tactics to combat illegal dumping include proactive video surveillance, a security guard service, locked dumpsters, and education. Any commercial real estate property can become a victim of unwanted garbage. Businesses and residents dump waste for different reasons. Businesses can dump nonhazardous materials to avoid collection fees from commercial haulers. Residents may dump because they don’t want to take the waste to an appropriate disposal site. Often people are not aware of the law and consequences of illegal dumping.

How does illegal dumping impact operational costs?

Illegal dumping has real costs to commercial real estate properties and the environment. Unauthorized waste disposal can increase operational costs for the property. Dumpsters fill up faster and may require the property manager to schedule more dumpster pickups.

Trespassers may leave large bulky items such as couches, chairs, refrigerators, freezers, household appliances, and electronics near dumpsters or at empty fields or spaces near an office or industrial property. Abandoned junk detracts from the brand and value of the property and its tenants. It forces the property manager to call and pay a junk removal service company.

Is illegal dumping dangerous?

Property managers try to prevent illegal dumping to protect the safety of their tenants, employees, and customers. Junk may take up needed parking spaces. Discarded items can have sharp edges or broken glass. People may injure themselves on scattered debris near the dumpsters.

A security guard or remote surveillance monitoring service can be used as part of an illegal dumping prevention program. A security guard can patrol a commercial property. The sight of a security guard can deter illegal dumpers. A live surveillance monitor can activate an on-site speaker to deter the criminal activity. If the suspects ignore the warning, a live surveillance monitor can call local police or a security guard on site. The video captured during the dumping can be used as evidence.

Another way to reduce dumping is to educate the public. Your commercial property can collaborate with your city. This initiative can educate the public about the legal consequences of illegal dumping. Adding signs near your dumpsters can also deter this criminal activity. Many residents are unaware that illegal dumping is a crime and there are consequences involved with this activity.

Where can I learn more about illegal dumping prevention?

The CalRecycle initiative can also inform the public of dumping alternatives. The site provides links and summaries about alternative waste collection and recycling programs. Many California communities feel that preventing and minimizing illegal dumping are the best ways to combat the crime. Your state, city or community may also have information on illegal dumping and how you can help prevent it.

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