Authorities have installed hidden cameras in hopes of cutting back illegal dumping taking place at a location in Collier Township.
Collier Township Manager Sal Sirabella said 40 percent of the community is rural, thus residents must know where they can dump garbage.
“Whatever they need to get rid of, they seem to dump it there. It’s pretty disheartening,” Sirabella said. “People have come to recognize this is an area in Collier where you can dump.”
Sirabella said the hidden cameras are part of a pilot program created by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful.
“The surveillance cameras are able to capture evidence of people dumping. It gets their license plates and actual clear photos of people in the act,” Sue Urcheck, with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, said.
Officials told Channel 11’s Gordon Loesch that the hidden cameras have led to three citations so far. One of them was issued to Albert Spader, of Scott Township.
Police said the cameras caught Spader dumping a reclining chair.
Spader told Loesch that he, “put it there and was coming back to get it.”
The dump surveillance program is being used in five counties, and hopes to spread a clear message.
“If you come to Collier and dump, we’re going to catch you, we’re going to investigate and we’re going to charge you,” Sirabella said.
If caught illegally dumping, police say fines of up to $1,000 can be issued.