Join the Movement and Help Un-trash Our Deserts!
The Illegal Dumping Partnership (IDP) was originally formed by three agencies, South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Doña Ana County (DAC) in order 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
Caring for Your Community Newsletter / Cuidando por Su Communidad Boletín
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The Impact of Illegal Dumping in Doña County and Las Cruces
Illegal dumping has a wide range of adverse effects. These effects include:
Public Health and SafetyIllegal dumping causes contamination of drinking water; habitat grounds for vector breeding; exposure to hazard waste & toxic chemicals; inhalation risks; exposure to sharp objects, medical wastes, caustic substances, fire; flooding due to drainage clogs.
Environmental Risks and DegradationIllegal dumping causes ground & surface water contamination; contamination of soil & plants; air pollution; and hazards to fish and wildlife species.
Aesthetic DegradationOffensive to look at; strong and unpleasant odors.
Economic Drain on Local Economy and ResourcesThe costs associated with clean-ups include:
- 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
Watch The Epidemic of Illegal Dumping in New Mexico to learn more about how illegal dumping impacts Doña Ana County and Las Cruces.