Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published March 07, 2011

Council President to Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Penalties for Illegal Dumping

Legislation will provide Baltimore’s communities with an additional tool to protect neighborhoods

BALTIMORE, MD – Today City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young will introduce legislation (Council bill 11-0671) to tighten certain penalties associated with illegal dumping, which continues to plague communities throughout Baltimore.

The Council President’s bill would increase the fines associated with illegally dumping materials that weigh less than 25 pounds and measure less than 10 cubic feet from $150 to $500. The bill would also increase the fines associated with illegally dumping materials that weigh more than 25 pounds or measure more than 10 cubic feet from $250 to $1,000. The legislation would also allow the City to pursue restitution from individuals who use a leased or rented vehicle to illegally dump materials.

“For too long residents have had to battle individuals who carelessly dump garbage throughout city neighborhoods,” Council President Young said. “Our residents deserve to be protected from these scofflaws. My legislation will allow for tougher penalties that will hit these law-breakers where it hurts the most: in their wallets.”

Mr. David T. Hill, Executive Director and Administrator of the Charles Village Community Benefits District, said his organization welcomes the additional tools to help curb illegal dumping.

“We have felt for a long time that the penalties associated with illegal dumping needed to be increased in order to serve as a true deterrent,” Mr. Hill said. “Giving somebody a cheap fine, particularly if the person is a businessman, is not going to do anything. They just chalk the fine up to the cost of doing business and continue illegally dumping.”

Gail Lehman, who serves on the board of Concerned Citizens for a Better Brooklyn, said that some streets in her neighborhood resemble a local landfill.

“We can’t make progress as a community if on virtually every corner there’s an old mattress or dresser,” Mrs. Lehman said.