Eye in the sky to patrol illegal dumping in Dayton

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The City of Dayton is adding some new tools to it’s arsenal in the fight against illegal dumping.

City officials announced plans to buy 18 new cameras that will be installed at dump sites around the community. These will be in addition to the 23 already in use.

City officials said the cameras have been effective in the past, and that’s why the Ohio EPA is covering about half of the $25,000 cost.

Since 2013, 46 sites have been monitored resulting in legal action against 48 different people.

Officials said every day they comb through hundreds of pictures looking for violators.

It’s a tedious process, but that Public Works Director Fred Stovall said seems to be paying off.

“Once we put a camera up, and clean up a site, everything seems to stop,” said Stovall. “I think the word gets out that we are paying attention. I think part of the problem we had in the past is people were coming in our city, and residents were doing the dumping as well, under the assumption that Dayton wasn’t paying attention.”

If you would like to report an illegal dump site, you can call 225-HELP.

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