6 ABC Action News – PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Frustrated neighbors say they have been calling for months to Philadelphia’s 311 help number and have gotten little help. Their problem: short dumping on adjoining vacant blocks of the 2400 blocks of Nassau, Bolton and Redner Streets in the Sharswood section of North Philadelphia. There is a lot of nearby demolition and construction sites and neighbors think waste from some sites is being illegally dumped on the vacant land. Resident Jon Sanborn showed us around the sprawling piles of tires, bricks, furniture and lumber. He showed us videos shot from his home office window of beat up old trucks dumping loads of debris. He says it occurs several times a week.
senatorscavello.com – Senator Mario Scavello (R-40) joined anti-littering advocates and Gov. Tom Wolf recently for a ceremonial signing into law of his bill to reduce littering. Senate Bill 431, now Act 62 of 2018, requires that for a first offense of scattering rubbish, a person is required to pick up litter or illegally dumped trash for between five and 30 hours within six months, in addition to the existing fine of $50 to $300. For a second or subsequent offense, the offender may also be required to pick up litter or illegally dumped trash for 30 to 100 hours over one year, in addition to the existing fine of $300 to $1,000. Representatives of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau were on hand January 30 to see the bill signed into law.
KYW News Radio – Litter is an eyesore and a health hazard, and so commonplace it’s easy to forget that it’s against the law – a tougher law this year. Dropping debris along or near Pennsylvania roadways carries a stiffer penalty in 2019. There are still fines for getting caught trashing roadways ($50 to $300 and up to $1,000 for repeat offenders), but PA Act 62 also requires a convicted litterbug to pick up litter or illegally dumped junk for five to 30 hours within six months. In addition to the increased fines and community service, imprisonment for up to 90 days is an “and/or” possibility too.
Fox 43 – The City of York is dealing with illegal dumping issues. Juanita Valle, who lives on East King Street says someone has been throwing bulk items in her backyard for the last few months and now she’s paying fines for not cleaning it up. Valle says everything from TV’s, bed frames, tires and most recently a mattress have been dumped in the back alley of her home.
Trib Live – Surveillance cameras loaned to the city of Arnold from Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful led to charges against two men officials say were illegally dumping trash earlier this year. Mitchell C. Swann, 53, of Arnold and Harold J. Lee, 52, of New Kensington were cited by Arnold Code Officer Scott Ponteri for illegal dumping, a statement from Keep PA Beautiful said.Swann was found guilty of scattering rubbish for dumping debris from a contractor job into an abandoned lot Sept. 13. He paid a fine and cleaned up his trash, the organization said.
(December 20, 2018) – Wilfredo Soto Torres (age 56) was cited by City of Reading Police Officer Devin Hasenauer for illegally dumping a large number of black plastic bags on 9/24/18. Soto Torres was found guilty by Magisterial District Judge Kyley L Scott of depositing waste on a roadway in the City of Reading and paid a fine of $300 plus costs for a total penalty of $416.50.
“I am glad to be working with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful on this program,” says Kevin Lugo, Sustainability & Solid Waste Manager for the City of Reading. “Illegal dumping puts litter in our neighborhoods, can be a health hazard, and costs the city thousands of dollars to clean up. Dumping is an eyesore in our community and directly affects residents and businesses who find garbage piled on their property. Our community does not tolerate illegal dumping. If you witness illegal dumping or find a dump site, please let the City know by reporting it through iRequest or calling 877-727-3234.”
WHYY – Surveillance cameras are coming to Philadelphia neighborhoods as part of a plan to make illegal dumpers pay for their trashy behavior. The Streets Department has installed 15 cameras on North Philadelphia corridors plagued by large-scale litterers, who leave construction debris, mattresses, tires and other trash — blocking sidewalks, lowering property values and creating health hazards. By summer, city officials expect to install 35 more cameras on problem corridors citywide. The plan calls for 100 cameras installed per year.
PA Environment Digest Blog – On December 14, Keep PA Beautiful announced two individuals were cited for illegal dumping by the City of Arnold in Westmoreland County with the help of its Surveillance Camera Loan Program. Mitchell C Swann (age 53) and Harold J Lee (age 52) were both cited by City of Arnold Code officer Scott Ponteri for illegal dumping. Swann was found guilty of scattering rubbish for dumping debris from a contractor job into an abandoned lot on 9/13/2018. He paid a fine and cleaned up his trash.
(December 14, 2018) – Mitchell C Swann (age 53) and Harold J Lee (age 52) were both cited by City of Arnold code officer Scott Ponteri for illegal dumping. Swann was found guilty of scattering rubbish for dumping debris from a contractor job into an abandoned lot on 9/13/2018. He paid a fine and cleaned up his trash. Lee was found guilty of dumping furniture and other household items on 9/26/18. He paid a fine plus $150 restitution to reimburse the city for removing what he had dumped. Both cases were heard by the Honorable Frank J Pallone, Jr.
According to Officer Ponteri, “The cameras are working as a great deterrent and dumping has decreased at the site. We’re happy to be working with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful to turn around the dumping problem the city has been dealing with the past few years.” In addition to the KPB camera loan, Officer Ponteri and the city of Arnold have stepped up other efforts to curb trash, including deploying additional cameras at different locations that had been donated by a resident.
Triblive.com – It’s not every day a municipal code enforcement officer get applause at a city council meeting — especially from the landlords he polices. But Arnold’s Scott Ponteri got just that, and a bump up from part-time to full-time status. Ponteri drew plaudits from rental property owner Ben Davis and several other landlords on hand at Arnold’s city council meeting this week.