Editorial

Coping with illegal dumping

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

We applaud all municipal, county, and state officials, and the Department of Natural Resources Energy and Waste Management Bureauís continuing efforts to raise awareness on illegal dumping in Iowa.

It is no secret that the illegal disposal of solid waste presents serious environmental and public health problems. The indiscriminate dumping of old tires, appliances, construction debris, and other solid wastes and hazardous substances has far-reaching effects on the environment, the quality of life in Iowa communities, and the disposal practices and habits of the general public.

Local government officials and other interested parties are encouraged to continue to work together and explore ways to combat the problem at city, county, and state levels.

Many cities and counties in Iowa have implemented effective programs to discourage, prevent and prohibit illegal dumping that drastically shortens the life expectancy of our landfills, and to follow through on prosecuting offenders.

We say, keep it up, for this dastardly practice negatively affects us all.