Grants available to spy on illegal dumpers

Written by Ben Allen and Radio Pennsylvania | Mar 27, 2015 1:14 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Municipalities have an opportunity to get surveillance cameras to catch illegal dumpers in the act.

The state Department of Environmental Protection and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful are partnering on the program.

"These are tax dollars that are really better spent elsewhere in our community, whether it's on rec programs, senior programs, public transportation, anything. We don't want to see these dollars being spent on cleanups," says Shannon Reiter, president of the group. She says the upfront investment will hopefully save money in the end.

Reiter says it costs an average of $3,000 to clean up a single illegal dump site. There are about 6,500 illegal sites across the state, adds Reiter.

"We want to change the status quo. This is not going to be tolerated in Pennsylvania any more, and it has to start at the community level. So this is about empowering communities to address this issue," says Reiter.

If approved for a grant, a municipality will get a set of surveillance cameras and help on installing and using them to catch dumpers.

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