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Put an End to Illegal Dumping
(The following is excerpted from the State of Connecticut's
Throwing away unwanted materials of any kind in any unapproved location is illegal. The laws governing illegal dumping cover disposal of even very small items, like the remains of a fast-food meal, and larger objects such as tires and furniture, as well as truckloads of household garbage and debris from construction sites and land clearing material.
There are penalties for illegal dumping:
State law imposes a fine of $219 for dumping anything bigger than one cubic foot.
If you are caught dumping with your vehicle it will be confiscated, you will pay a fine and you are also subject to arrest.
You can also be sued for clean-up costs and the collection of bigger fines – up to $25,000 per day.
Dumping can be punishable under federal law.
What happens when waste is dumped illegally?
It stays exactly where it is dumped until state or local authorities receive a complaint and/or become aware of the problem.
The consequences hurt everyone:
Taxpayers have to pay for the cleanup.
People and pets can be exposed to toxic materials.
Rodents and insects carry diseases from the wastes into the surrounding community.
Water, soil and air can become polluted
Neighborhoods become eyesores and unpleasant to live in.
Property values fall.
What can you do about dumping and litter?
Call the Public Facilities Department (203) 576-7124 for information on how to get rid of garbage and trash in Bridgeport.
You can also call the Connecticut DEP’s Solid Waste Program at 860-424-3366 if you need additional help finding a legal disposal option.
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