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Posted on: January 30, 2017

STOP! ILLEGAL DUMPING ALONG ROADS AND WATERWAYS

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Rey Salazar, Director of Strategic Planning Division for the Budget Department, presented the court with a resolution in support of the county’s illegal dumping education and prevention program. Last year the county was awarded a Regional Solid Waste Grant by the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council, through funding from the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality, to assist efforts in the prevention of illegal dumping through education and law enforcement.

The grant, totaling more than $16,000, was used to purchase surveillance cameras and equipment to stop and prevent illegal dumping. The cameras will be placed in designated hot spots throughout the county to record illegal dumping in action allowing the Budget office to develop a database that will assist in the evaluation and statistical analysis of illegal dumping in Hidalgo County. The surveillance cameras may also assist in providing intelligence and evidentiary material that may lead to citations, fines and potential arrests for offenders.

The dangers of illegal dumping include attracting and providing ideal breeding grounds for rodents and insects; the exposure of children and adults to sharp objects, medical wastes, fire, toxic chemicals and possible hazardous wastes; and contributes to flooding hazards by blocking drainage.

The Department of Budget Management, in collaboration with the Public Affairs Division and County Constables' offices, are working to inform the public of these dangers and hazards through an educational campaign targeting television, print, social media and by posting visible signage at dump sites. 

As part of the education component of the grant, the Public Affairs Division produced a 30 second Public Service Announcement that is currently airing in English and Spanish on local television and radio stations across Hidalgo County. The PSA was also uploaded to the county’s YouTube, Twitter and Facebook pages, where it has received more than 10,000 views in the past two weeks.

Hidalgo County residents are encouraged to report illegal dumping by calling 956-205-7000.

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