Illegal dumping taints Valencia County landscape

Posted at: 06/04/2014 9:26 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A woman in Valencia County says illegal dumping has gotten out of control. She led KOB Eyewitness News 4 to a makeshift dump site full of rotting food buzzing with flies, torn toys and furniture, and even half of an old boat.

“It's showing everybody how lazy people are becoming and how they don't care,” Robyn Chapman said.

Chapman says it’s not only an eyesore, but also an insult to the environment and those who enjoy it.

“It's bad for the water out there because everybody's on well, it's bad for the animals, and for us breathing,” Chapman said.

The Conejo Transfer Station is less than a mile away, but it’s experiencing on-and-off equipment failures, so sometimes dumpers are turned away. There are alternate dump sites, but some people may be getting lazy.

Valencia County Public Works officials say they have secured a new contract with Waste Management for curbside pickup in an unincorporated area. Waste Management plans to fix Conejo and build an extra station.

But until that happens, the county asks dumpers to keep the land clean, and so do the people who love it.

“Do we really wanna show our kids that hey it's okay to dump your trash wherever you want? We don't want that for our kids,” Chapman said.

Those caught illegally dumping can be fined hundreds of dollars. The county is trying to get community development block grants to help clean up what’s been dumped already.