Ector County Environmental Enforcement hopes to implement new technology to catch illegal dumping

ODESSA, Texas (KOSA) – Ector County commissioner Mike Gardner said he was ready to see illegal dumpers clean up their doings.

“This fiscal year the bad guys collected $ 200,000 worth of discarded trash,” Garnder said.

Ector County Commissioner Mike Gardner said in West Odessa that people are illegally throwing away everything from couches, tires and old appliances.

“An item like this could cost you $ 150 to landfill and a lot of people just don’t have the money.”

The county’s environmental agency hopes to introduce new technology to catch violations in the act.

“We’re looking at a program through a company that will set up a special type of camera that will read license plates. Every time you pass one of these readers, as soon as you insert your label it will let you know, “it will track you down and it will be a lot easier to find.”

Gardner said he hopes to receive the program, which will consist of 20 specialty cameras that will be approved at the next commissioners’ meeting.

The district has already bought a grab truck and also hired a renovation team.

“They go to an area that has been dumped, or when people call and say someone has dumped a couch in front of my house or tires or whatever … then they are sent to go to those areas every day, they choose open that up and clean it up where there is no more trash, ”said Gardner.

Meanwhile, the Ector Environmental Enforcement Unit is holding a free bulky item drop-off for Ector County residents on Saturday for more information. Click here.

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