City of Columbus Announces New Plans to Address Illegal Dumping
Mayor Andrew J. Ginther has announced new plans to address
illegal dumping throughout the city, in cooperation with the City Attorney and
City Council. The plans build on enforcement efforts that have already caught
illegal dumpers in the act, as well as helped the Columbus Division of Fire
catch a dangerous arsonist.
“To build stronger, safer neighborhoods, we are working with
residents in our opportunity neighborhoods to address a key quality of life
issue – illegal dumping,” said Mayor Ginther. “By dedicating resources to
prevention, enforcement and education, we will be able to cut down on crime and
As part of the Comprehensive Neighborhood Safety Strategy,
the new plans will use mapping of 311 complaints to find illegal dumping hot
spots. Based on this information, the Neighborhood Crisis Response and Nuisance
Abatement Group will coordinate multi-departmental responses to illegal
dumping, such as lighting assessments, conversion of 300 gallon to 90 gallon
containers, and assessing other nuisance issues to address. Additional ground crews
and new equipment will assist in alley cleanups at these locations.
To compliment prevention efforts, Public Service and Public
Safety will invest $500,000 to expand neighborhood safety cameras into select
alleys on a permanent basis. This expansion will benefit efforts to reduce
violent crime and nuisance crime like illegal dumping, prostitution and drugs.
The Division of Refuse Collection will increase to 50 the
number of trail cameras that are used by the Solid Waste Inspectors to covertly
record areas that are prone to illegal dumping. Columbus Police will
provide light duty officers to assist in the identification and investigation
of illegal dumping recorded on cameras.
“Illegal dumping continues to be a growing concern in
neighborhoods throughout our City,” said Councilmember Remy. “Columbus
residents take great pride in their communities, and I look forward to working
with them to clean up our streets and hold those engaging in this activity
Other highlights of the new policies include:
- 90-gallon trash cans to replace 300-gallon
receptacles in alleys that are magnets for illegal dumping
- Hot spot mapping through 311 to identify hot
spot locations of illegal dumping.
- Prioritize 311 reports of illegal dumping in hot
- Solid Waste Inspectors and Code Enforcement
Officers to make sure nuisance materials on private property are properly
disposed by a private hauler.
- Regular reports to neighborhood leaders
regarding illegal dumping cases, as well as publicize illegal dumping
- Keep Columbus Beautiful End Littering Initiative
to address littering in a sustainable and coordinated way by focusing on key
stakeholders with specific litter reduction programs.
- Annual Cleanup Day in cooperation with
neighborhood organizations, businesses, faith groups and city departments.
- Continue to work with Franklin County Courts to
assign community service hours to clean up alleys.