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Sheriff’s Department looks to stop littering

September 11, 2012

The Inyo County Sheriff’s Department is asking residents to report anyone they witness illegally dumping garbage on public and private lands in and around local communities to help reduce litter and potential pollution. File photo

Local law enforcement is reminding residents that dumping garbage and other waste anywhere but in an appropriate receptacle or local landfills is illegal.
“The Inyo County Sheriff’s Department needs your help to eliminate illegal dumping and unsightly littering on our lands,” Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Howard said in a press release last week.
Howard said that dumping of household refuse, construction and landscaping debris, tires and automotive parts, furniture, appliances, batteries used oils and chemicals and any other hazardous waste in un-designated areas can lead to citations, clean-up costs and fines for perpetrators if they are caught.
“Illegal dumping causes health hazards and water pollution,” Howard said. “Items dumped can wash debris and pollutants into our local lakes, streams and river, causing damage to fish, wildlife and plants.”
In addition to regular hours of operation, local landfills offer special hazardous waste collection events, allowing residents to dispose of batteries, motor oil and other hazardous materials free of charge several times a year. The landfills also sponsor waste tire amnesty days, allowing residents to dispose of tires free of charge.
For more information about the local landfills, disposal fees and waste collections events, call Inyo County Integrated Waste Management at (760) 873-5577.
“Most illegal dumping is done to avoid paying disposal fees at landfills or failure to take the time and effort to dispose of items properly,” Howard said. “Common areas for dumping may include lands belonging to the County of Inyo, Department of Los Angeles Water and Power, U.S. (Forest Service), and Bureau of Land Management.”
To help catch anyone who is dumping illegally, local authorities are asking residents who witness anyone disposing of waste on public lands to call the Sheriff’s Department at (760) 873-5577. “Try to provide as much information as possible, such as the time and location of the incident, items dumped and if a license plate on the vehicle was spotted,” Howard said.

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