More than an eyesore, these dump sites pose a health threat to neighborhoods, cut into property values and leave taxpayers on the hook for clean-up. Residents know it’s a problem – since 2016, more than 5,000 people called 311 to report illegal dumping around the city
An exclusive 5 On Your Side investigation spent six months tracking illegal dump sites and obtained video of numerous offenders in the act of trashing neighborhoods and breaking the law.
A community effort to combat illegal dumping, including a combination of neighborhood tips, hidden cameras and even airborne drones, have identified hundreds of illegal dump sites across Cleveland and put offenders behind bars in record numbers.
According to records obtained from the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Environmental Crimes Task Force, which is responsible for investigating illegal dumping, since 2014:
· 960 dump sites have been investigated
· 892 have been cleaned up
· 323 convictions
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LOCAL NEWS: Illegal Dumping Offenders Trash Cleveland Neighborhoods was originally published on praisecleveland.com