WHAT IS ILLEGAL DUMPING?
Illegal dumping refers to the disposing of waste in unauthorized areas (i.e., areas not designated for waste collection such as desert roadways, arroyos, abandoned or vacant lots, off roadside and highway shoulders, etc.). Even placing waste outside of dumpsters or overfilling them is illegal dumping.
WHAT IS THE ILLEGAL DUMPING PARTNERSHIP?
The IDP was originally formed by three agencies, South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Doña Ana County (DAC) to help combat illegal dumping throughout Doña Ana County. IDP worked to launch a comprehensive campaign to involve affected agencies, businesses, and communities to help educate and to stop illegal dumping.
The Illegal Dumping Partnership has now grown to consist of multiple local government and community groups. In addition to SCSWA, BLM, and DAC, the following entities are now active participants in the IDP:
- New Mexico State Land Office
- Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office
- Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority
- Las Cruces Home Builders Association
- New Mexico Border Authority
THE IMPACT OF ILLEGAL DUMPING
ECONOMIC DRAIN ON LOCAL ECONOMY & RESOURCES
- Program costs for law enforcement, administration, liability insurance, etc.
- Cost for clean-up of dumps sites 3-5 times the cost of proper waste disposal
- Restoration costs for maintenance/reclamation of sites
- Deterrent to potential investment in an area
- Diversion of resources (staff, equipment, and funds) from other needs.
- Property devaluation, loss of community pride and upkeep
- Loss of revenue stream to support waste disposal facilities
ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS & AESTHETIC DEGRADATION
- Illegal dumping causes ground & surface water contamination; contamination of soil & plants; air pollution; and hazards to fish and wildlife species.
- Illegal dump sites are often offensive to look at and harbor strong and unpleasant odors.
PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY
- Illegal dumping causes contamination of drinking water garbage also attracts disease carrying vector such as rats, flies, and mosquitoes. Click here for more info on the Zika virus from New Mexico Department of Health.
- Items such as appliances, old computers and TVs may contain chemicals and heavy metals which can be harmful to human health. (Exposure to hazard waste & toxic chemicals and inhalation risks.)
- Exposure to sharp objects, medical wastes, caustic substances, fire, etc.
- Flooding due to drainage clogs.