Advocate editorial board opinion: Stop illegal dumping in Victoria County
By the Advocate Editorial Board
May 25, 2011 at 12:25 a.m.
Bravo for the neighbors who are fighting illegal dumping in their part of Victoria County. They not only track and report offenders, but they also clean up the ditches and areas under bridges where trash and debris are thrown.
We think the investment in low-cost cameras to catch litterers in action is worth it, and we urge the county to continue working with Keep Victoria Beautiful to acquire those cameras.
Then when these violators of the littering rules are caught, they should be prosecuted to the full letter of the law with no leniency.
Dumping is premeditated littering. Offenders pack up their vehicles with full intention to dump the refuse illegally instead of taking the discards to a county dump. These illegal acts are despicable and totally thoughtless, and those who do it lack character and ethics.
Victoria County Commissioner Kevin Janak, Precinct 2, said his precinct has never had a county dump. "We don't have the land to do it in Precinct 2, but there are dumps in precincts 1, 3 and 4," he said.
The dump fees are standard, but the hours of operation vary. On the other hand, the fines for dumping can range from $293 and become very expensive, according to Precinct 2 Constable James Calaway.
Dumping is not like a litterer who empties his cigarette ashtray on the street or tosses a paper cup out the car window - which seems often to be a subconscious act although this type of littering lacks consideration and care about our surroundings. We can only surmise that those who do these non-caring, non-thinking acts are not educated and cannot think critically.
Illegal littering costs money to remedy. Somebody has to pick it up and dispose of it properly. So we end up hiring people and purchasing special equipment to clean up after the offenders - tax money.
More importantly, we should keep our city and county aesthetically pleasing. Nobody likes to see trash and rubbish strewn all over the landscape.
We should do all we can to stop illegal littering and dumping.
This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.