Illegal Dumping Reward Program
dumping continues to be a major problem in Wayne County. The improper
disposal of scrap, waste materials, auto bodies and parts, construction
debris, and similar mass litter threatens not only our increasing
efforts in environmental protection, but more importantly the health
and safety of each one of our citizens. We need the publics
help in identifying those that indiscriminately damage our shared
environment and to become educated consumers by identifying and
properly disposing of their own waste products at home.
County Executive Ed McNamara, Prosecuting Attorney John OHair,
and Department of Environment Director Jim Murray are pleased to
announce a collaborative effort to combat illegal dumping in Wayne
County. They have established a reward program for citizens who
provide information on illegal dumping activities. In addition,
Wayne County is implementing a household hazardous waste education
initiative to assist citizens in the identification and proper disposal
of household hazardous waste products. Citizens who follow these
steps can help make a positive impact on our communitys environment:
1. Be Aware
Be on the lookout for any suspicious waste disposal activities.
Look for people dumping liquids down storm sewers, in drains or
waterways. Look for anyone dumping solid waste, scrap tires, barrels
or other waste materials in vacant lots, unused industrial areas
or roadsides. Write down everything that you see. Important information
includes physical description of the suspect(s), license plate number,
precise location of the activity, and the typed of materials being
2. Call 911
Contact your local enforcement agency immediately when you see
suspicious dumping activity. Be prepared to provide an accurate,
concise description of the situation.
3. Call the Wayne County Environmental Reward TIP Line 1-888-223-2363
The Wayne County Prosecutors Office has agreed to make available
$10,000 from the Environmental Trust Fund to be used in the Environmental
Reward Program. This program will offer up to $500 for information
which leads to the conviction of persons who illegally dump in Wayne
County. This will supplement an existing reward established by the
Wayne County Commission in March which also allows for a reward
of up to $500 for persons convicted of dumping illegally in County-owned
drain and property.
Each environmental tipster will receive appropriate follow-up to
their information. Upon apprehension and conviction of the dumper,
a reward and commendation will be issued to the citizen.
4. Become a "Wise Disposer" of Household Hazardous
can each do our part to help the environment by learning what items
around our home are considered hazardous and what techniques can
be used to dispose of them properly. Wayne County has produced a
handy guide for citizens to use at their homes and a hotline is
also available (313) 326-3936 for questions and further information.
Together we can protect the integrity of our air, land and water.
For additional information about the Rouge
call the Rouge River Information Line at 1-888-223-2363.