Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published August 15, 2011

Council President’s Statement on the Passage of His Bill to Protect Communities from Illegal Dumping

BALTIMORE, MD – “I would like to thank my colleagues on the City Council for successfully passing legislation that I introduced to help strengthen the city’s laws against illegal dumping.

Council bill 11-0671 will provide residents with an additional tool to combat the rise in illegal dumping. Baltimore recently had the unwanted distinction of being named one of the country’s dirtiest cities, according to a recent survey conducted by Travel + Leisure magazine.

Residents have continuously told me that they have been unsuccessfully fighting against people who come into their neighborhoods and illegally dump debris and garbage. Our residents deserve relief from these disrespectful lawbreakers. And my bill will hit them where it hurts: in their wallets!

Council bill 11-0671 will increase fines for illegally dumped materials that weigh less than 25 pounds and measure less than 10 cubic feet from $150 to $500 and increase fines associated with illegally dumping materials that weigh more than 25 pounds and/or measure more than 10 cubic feet from $250 to $1,000. The legislation also requires that dumpers reimburse the city for the cost of removing the illegal items and pay for any damage to property owned, leased or controlled by the city. The legislation also allows the city to seek restitution from dumpers who use a leased or rented vehicle to illegally dump materials.