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Illegal Dumping Prevention Project

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Illegal dumping is a major problem that raises significant concerns with regard to safety, property values, and quality of life in our communities. In addition, it is a major economic burden on local government, which is typically responsible for cleaning up dump sites.

The Region 5 Illegal Dumping Prevention Project was established to exchange information and establish partnerships to develop and implement strategies to combat illegal dumping. The overall goal of this effort is to add value to local efforts to prevent and mitigate illegal dumping.

The Illegal Dumping Prevention Project focuses on five geographical initiative areas (GIA) within EPA Region 5: Greater Chicago, the Mississippi Gateway, Northwest Indiana, Southeast Michigan and Greater Cleveland


Illegal Dumping Prevention Guidebook

Site Visit Reports were developed to identify key contacts, define the nature of the problem, identify ongoing prevention efforts, and determine outstanding resource needs in each area.

Illegal Dumping Prevention Project Update and Overview (PDF) (2pp, 47K) January 2001

In addition, EPA partnered with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to create a Tribal Factsheet (PDF) (2pp, 16K) January 2001, focusing efforts on seven tribal reservations.

In addition, "stakeholder meetings" are held to exchange information and establish collaborative projects. Examples of projects include targeted enforcement pilots, law enforcement training, community outreach and education, and mapping projects.


An Illegal Dumping Prevention Guidebook (EPA 905-B-97-001) (PDF) (33pp, 1.1MB) March 1998 was developed to present the nature of the illegal dumping problem and summarize lessons learned from collaborative prevention projects across the United States.

Screenshot of spreadsheet tool

Another product of this effort is the Illegal Dumping Economic Assessment (IDEA) model (PDF) (2pp, 28K) January 2001. The IDEA model is a simple, useful tool to help users understand the total costs associated with illegal dumping and the economic impact on their community. For example, the City of Gary, Indiana, utilized the model to define the extent of the clean up activities necessary to mitigate the illegal dumping problem and propose a comprehensive prevention plan. The following IDEA model resources are available


For more information, please contact:

Jerri-Anne Garl
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5
77 West Jackson Boulevard (DW-8J)
Chicago, IL 60604
Telephone: 312-353-1441
E-mail: garl.jerri-anne@epa.gov


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