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Metro Council members and Public Works officials call on public to help catch illegal dumpers

Friday June 1, 2012

For Immediate Release
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

Louisville – In many areas of Metro Louisville, it is an unwelcomed sight: trash dumped illegally in an alley, abandoned property or a field. Residents who may have witnessed illegal dumping or saw a vehicle carrying trash now have the opportunity to help Metro Government catch people illegally dumping.

“We need the public’s help to identify the people who have decided their trash can be thrown anywhere. Now, we have a way for the public to identify the people who have turned their neighborhood into a trash dump,” says Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D-15). “Before the summer is over, we will have in place new state of the art surveillance cameras which will capture illegal dumping as it is happening.”

Butler and officials with Metro Public Works announced on Friday that new state of the art cameras will be up this summer in problem areas which have seen repeated illegal dumping. The cameras are designed to be mobile and go where ever illegal dumpers may go.

“These cameras are a valuable resource. If you’re dumping illegally, chances will be significantly higher that you will be caught breaking the law and you will be held accountable,” Ted Pullen, Director of Public Works said.

In May, the Metro Council approved $60,800 for 19 cameras.

The cameras are portable self-contained solar powered units. They have very high resolution (18 Mega Pixels) making it easier to zoom in and retrieve details. The cameras are motion activated and work at night as well as day.

Images can be sent to remote computers in the form of text messages or even remote downloading.

“These cameras give us the evidence needed to see who is illegally dumping,” says Butler. “The public can go online to help us identify the people who are breaking the law and also help lead to prosecution.”

Beginning June 1st, the Metro Council web page will feature a photo of a location where illegal dumping has occurred. There will be a link that takes a viewer to the webpage of Solid Waste Management website which includes an online form where citizens can report illegal dumpers and even upload their own photos.

“Just about everyone has a camera on their phone these days. This gives citizens an easy way to report the illegal dumping they see happening in their neighborhoods,” Pullen said.

The funding for the camera was provided by Council members Attica Scott (D-1), Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5), Mary C. Woolridge (D-3), David Tandy (D-4). David James (D-6), Rick Blackwell (D-12) Marianne Butler (D-15), Madonna Flood (D-24 and Brent Ackerson (D-26).

Earlier this year, the Metro Council revised the illegal dumping laws that gave law enforcement officers the ability to impound any vehicle involved in illegal dumping.

“We have the tools to enforce the law,” says Butler. “With the public’s help we will stop what has become a major public health and safety concern in Metro Louisivlle.”

Marianne Butler (D)15