Milwaukee, a place that was once known for its cleanliness, now has garbage and trash all over many of its abandoned homes, buildings, and empty lots. It seems as if these places that are unattended have become the safe havens to park and dump unwanted items. They use these places to empty roofing products, basement materials and other junk. Sometimes people even pay companies to have unwanted items removed from their home, but they are not at all concerned about where it’s being thrown. This is not only unclean. Dumping chemicals, old containers and furniture can also harm the atmosphere and environment.
I often wonder, what do the officials in the community think about cups and large packages being thrown from vehicles into the streets? I’ve watch people clean their cars out, throwing trash into the parking lots of shopping centers all while a trash can is only a few steps away. In some districts, I have been told that residents can receive up to one thousand dollars for reporting illegal dumping. Although that sounds very good, reporters beware. Individuals are getting very clever and they are moving swiftly. Some can become aggressive if they are reported. Also, if you notice an area that’s being used regularly for dumping you can report it to your alderperson to have their office approve the use of a surveillance camera in that particular area.