Public land becomes ugly dumping ground

Every year starting at about this time, area public land starts to take a beating.

With higher costs of dumping at landfills, some people invariably feel it’s OK to dump trash on federal land, said Erin Curtis, spokeswoman for Grand Junction’s BLM Field Office.

“It’s kind of hard to know where the places are to get cleaned up unless folks tell us,” she said.
Costs soar for cleaning up hazardous waste on public land, a price tag that is passed along to taxpayers.

“No matter how pristine the area, public lands can be marred by discarded TVs and batteries, wrecked vehicles, and yard and industrial waste,” BLM officials said in a news release.

Being caught dumping on public land can result in a fine and hours of community service.

Anyone can report suspicious activity. Residents are urged to try to get a vehicle license plate number, date and location and report it to the nearest BLM office.

Contact Grand Junction’s field office at 970-244-3000.


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