Ector County Environmental Enforcement Hopes to Implement New Technology to Catch Illegal Spills

ODESSA, Texas (KOSA) – Ector County Commissioner Mike Gardner has said he’s ready to see illegal dumpsters clean up their act.

“In this fiscal year, the bad guys picked up $ 200,000 in discarded trash,” Garnder said.

Ector County Commissioner Mike Gardner said in western Odessa people were illegally throwing away anything from sofas, 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 to do it.”

County environmental law enforcement hopes to implement new technology to catch offenders red-handed.

“We’re looking at a program from a company that will install a special type of cameras that will read license plates. Every time they pass one of these readers, they’ll let them know once you put their number there. tag and then it will track them down and it’s much easier to find them.

Gardner said he hoped to get the program, which will include 20 specialty cameras, approved at the commissioner’s next meeting.

The county has already purchased a grapple truck and has also hired a remediation crew.

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

In the meantime, on Saturday, Ector’s Environmental Enforcement Unit is hosting a free bulky item drop-off for residents of Ector County, for more information click here.

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