The Hampton Clean City Commission appreciates any help you can provide in helping to stop illegal dumpers from trashing the city, according to a news release.
Although garbage disposal is easy, convenient, and low-cost, there are still people who mess up the city by illegally dumping their trash in the quiet and hidden placesm says Debbie Blanton, coordinator of the commission.
So, if you see something fishy going on, get as much information as you can -- vehicle description, location and description of people involved -- and call the Hampton Police non-emergency number at 727-6111, or if you see something unusual happening on the Interstate or one of its ramps, call the Virginia State Police at #77.
What is “fishy”?
- If you see a truck parked on an interstate ramp in the night, call #77. If they are having problems, they’ll appreciate the help, and if they’re dumping tires, the State Police will appreciate your help.
- If you see a truck parked along a marsh or woodland area, call 727-6111. Maybe they’re just fishing or walking in the woods. But maybe they’re dumping tires or refrigerators. The police won’t mind checking.
- If you actually see someone removing material from their vehicle and tossing onto a roadway or off the side of the roadway, call the appropriate police agency.
- If you see a dump that has already happened, call Hampton’s Custom Service Call Center at 311 (727-8311 on cell). The sooner it is cleaned up, the less likely it will become the neighborhood dumping ground.
For example, Virginia Department of Transportation removed 266 tires from the interchange of I-64 and Hampton Roads Center Parkway on Dec. 11, according to Blaton.
266 TIRES! A dump truck load.
"Some tire dealer decided that properly disposing of those tires was too much trouble, and dumped them for us taxpayers to take care of," she says in the news release.
"Some of us are paying twice – first for the environmental fee that tire dealer charged when our tires were changed and now for them to be cleaned up. How did VDOT find out about the dump? A caring citizen contacted them to report it."
For more information about illegal dumping, littering, and other environmental messes, contact the Hampton Clean City Commission at 727-1130.
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