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Mayor Cracks Down on Illegal Dumping
“Don’t do it. Don’t use [Cleveland] neighborhoods as dumping grounds.” Cleveland Environmental Crimes Task Force [i]
The Department of Economic Development has been working as part of the Cleveland Environmental Crimes Task Force (ECTF) to end illegal dumping, stripping, and scrapping. Within the past year the ECTF has worked with Cuyahoga County and the Cleveland Police Department to address prevention, enforcement, legislation, and community engagement matters. The ECTF meets bi-weekly in City Hall and has reviewed state and local legislation and potential amendments, stayed abreast of environmental crimes cases, and has developed outdoor signage, door hangers, and training materials.
Between late 2014 and early 2015, the Department of Economic Development and the Cleveland Industrial Retention Initiative (CIRI) hosted five informative meetings about illegal dumping and the theft of metals in our city. Many businesses joined us to hear the success stories achieved through the ECTF. We would like to thank all participants as we have been able to gather more information and vital tools to help combat the issues of illegal dumping, stripping, and scrapping.
We would like to remind all individuals and businesses to report instances of illegal dumping, scrapping, and stripping to the Cleveland Police by calling 911 if the incident is in progress or 664-DUMP (3867) if it has already occurred. These reports will be referred to the Environmental Crimes Task Force and addressed accordingly. Do not put yourself in potential danger with another individual, or rummage through dumpsites as this may adversely affect the evidence, and accordingly the case.
To learn more about this program contact Briana Butler at 216.664.2202