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Help end illlegal dumping: What you need to know

November 18, 2013
Davenport—Ten TVs on the side of the road? A pile of construction debris? How about a recliner—or a few bags of household trash? Most people would never dream of tossing their garbage into a ditch or along a roadway, but some don’t give it a second thought.

Putting an end to local illegal dumping is the goal of the Illegal Dumping Task Force, which includes representatives from area cities and counties, as well as the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, law enforcement and Waste Commission of Scott County.

Want to help? Responsible disposal options for commonly dumped items are outlined below, as well as information on what to do if you witness illegal dumping in our community, and some information about the impacts of illegal dumping.

OPTIONS FOR RESPONSIBLE DISPOSAL OF ITEMS OFTEN DUMPED ILLEGALLY

• Appliances: Curbside pickup is available at no extra charge for Davenport and Bettendorf residents with city garbage and recycling services. For more information, call Davenport, (563) 326-7732, or Bettendorf, (563) 344-4088. Appliances also may be recycled at the Scott Area Landfill for a $5 fee.

• Construction & demolition materials: Accepted from Scott County for disposal at the Scott Area Landfill for $27/ton. Some building materials in like-new condition may be donated to Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Davenport. Call (563) 391-4949 to inquire.

• Electronics: Residents of Scott and Rock Island counties may drop off residential e-waste (items with a cathode-ray tube or a circuit board) at no charge at the Electronic Demanufacturing Facility, 1049 E. 59th St., Davenport between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. Curbside pickup is available at no extra charge for Davenport and Bettendorf residents with city garbage and recycling services. For details, call Davenport, (563) 326-7732, or Bettendorf, (563) 344-4088.

• Furniture: Items in good condition may be donated to area resale shops, including Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Davenport. Call (563) 391-4949 to inquire.

• Tires: The Scott Area Landfill accepts four tires per year per Scott County household at no charge.

SEE ILLEGAL DUMPING? DON’T KEEP IT TO YOURSELF!

You’d never dump illegally. But what if others do—and you see it?

• Illegal dumping in progress: If you see someone dumping illegally, call 911 and report it! (If you are driving, please carefully pull off the roadway and stop your vehicle in a safe spot before making your call.)

• Illegal dumping after-the-fact: If you find an illegal dump site in Scott County, visit the Scott County Health Department's Website and complete the Nuisance Complaint Form.

In Davenport, residents may submit information about illegal dumping through the "Do What's Right" program using the Davenport Police Department's SmartPhone app. (At the app store, search for "CityConnect Davenport, IA" to download the "Do What's Right" app for free, then use the "Submit a Tip" function to share information with law enforcement.) Tips also may be submitted through the City of Davenport's Website. To submit a tip online, visit the City of Davenport Website and find the Police Department's "Do What's Right" page.

FIVE REASONS TO NEVER ILLEGALLY DUMP YOUR TRASH

1. It hurts. Illegal dumping harms our soil and water by allowing toxic chemicals to seep into the ground.

2. It’s hazardous. Piles of trash provide breeding grounds for insects and create hazards for children and animals.

3. It’s expensive. The cost of cleaning up illegal dumping is greater than the cost of disposing of materials properly.

4. It’s ugly. Illegal dumping erodes property values, discourages economic development, and is just plain unsightly.

5. It’s illegal. If you illegally dump and get caught, a first citation can cost at least $250 plus fees.

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