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City Of Columbus Creates New Plan To Stop Illegal Dumping

Columbus officials have announced new measures to address illegal dumping. 

Mike Foley reports.

While the city notes that current enforcement efforts have caught illegal dumpers in the act and helped the Division of Fire apprehend an arsonist, it's still a concern in various neighborhoods. 

The city will track and map its 311 website and service center call line complaints to identify illegal dumping hot spots. Officials will then form a multi-departmental response that will include assessments of the areas to determine if they require more lighting. In some cases, 90 gallon containers could replace the 300 gallon receptacles, which often attract illegal dumpers.

As part of Mayor Ginther's Comprehensive Neighborhood Safety Strategy, the city will invest $500,000 to expand neighborhood safety cameras in problematic areas. Officials say this will also help reduce other criminal activity.

The Division of Refuse will also increase the number of cameras used by Solid Waste inspectors to covertly record areas that are prone to illegal dumping.

Mike Foley joined WCBE in February 2000, coming from WUFT in Gainesville, Florida. Foley has worked in various roles, from producing news and feature stories to engineering Live From Studio A sessions. A series of music features Foley started in 2018 called Music Journeys has grown into a podcast and radio show. He also assists in developing other programs in WCBE's Podcast Experience. Foley hosts The Morning Mix, a weekday music show featuring emerging and established musicians, our Columbus-area and Ohio-based talent, and additional artists that inspire him.
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