Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published July 05, 2011

Council President Works to Protect Communities from Illegal Dumping

Baltimore was recently ranked the nation’s sixth dirtiest city in a survey conducted by Travel + Leisure magazine

BALTIMORE, MD – The City Council on Wednesday, July 6, will hold hearings on a pair of bills that aim to strengthen the city’s laws against illegal dumping.

The first measure, introduced by City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young, would substantially increase the fines associated with illegally dumping materials.

Council bill 11-0671 would 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.

Council bill 11-0671 would also require 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 would also allow the city to seek restitution from dumpers who use a leased or rented vehicle to illegally dump materials.

The hearings will be held Wednesday at 5 p.m. at City Hall inside council chambers.

“Residents have continuously told me that they have been unsuccessfully fighting against people who come into their neighborhoods and illegally dump debris and garbage,” Council President Young said. “Our residents deserve relief from these disrespectful lawbreakers. My bill is intended to hit them where it hurts: in their wallet!”

The council will also hold an informational hearing on the Council President’s resolution examining the effectiveness of the city’s One Plus One trash and recycling collection program. The resolution calls for the director of Public Works, the commissioner of the Housing Authority of Baltimore City, the chief of the Bureau of Solid Waste, and the deputy commissioner for Code Enforcement to report to the council on Wednesday, July 6, on the following items:

-The effectiveness of the city’s One PLUS ONE trash and recycling collection program
-The progress of fully implementing One PLUS ONE citywide
-The number of citations issued for code violations
-A comparison of the number of citations issued under the new and old system
-The revenue collected from One PLUS ONE-related citations