Contact: Lane County Public Information Officer Anne Marie Levis, 541-915-4659
Lane County’s Nuisance Abatement Program is requesting help from residents to catch individuals illegally dumping animal carcasses and identifying illegal carcass dump sites. The County has increased patrols and surveillance cameras to identify individuals responsible for illegal dumping.
Animal carcasses and dumpsites become a public health and environmental hazard. County responders have seen remains stuffed in buckets, dumped in coolers, wrapped in tarps, and placed inside garbage bags in ditches along County roads.
The County is requesting the community’s help identifying license plate numbers, and descriptions of individuals and vehicles suspected of illegal dumping. Community members are also encouraged to contact the County’s Nuisance Abatement Program with the locations of any illegal dump sites.
This issue is becoming more pressing with hunting season in full swing. A hunter’s responsibility both ethically and legally does not end until the carcass is disposed of properly.
Animal carcasses may be properly disposed of at Lane County’s 16 waste transfer sites, provided the carcass is bagged and weighs less than 80 pounds. Most local waste disposal companies will accept the carcasses bagged and inside their regular curbside garbage bin. Residents should contact their local waste disposal company for more information. Hunters may also leave the remains at the location the animal was harvested.
To report illegal dumping and dumpsites on County property or along Lane County roads, call the Lane County Nuisance Abatement Program at 541-682-4533. Residents may also visit the Lane County Nuisance Abatement Program’s website for an online form
About the Nuisance Abatement Program
Lane County’s Nuisance Abatement program was formed in 2006 at the direction of the Lane County Board of Commissioners. The program’s mission is to clean up illegal dumpsites along County roads and County-owned property.
In addition to cleaning up dump sites, the Nuisance Abatement Specialist is authorized to issue civil citations to illegal dumpers when their identity can be determined. The program is administered by the Waste Management Division of the Lane County Public Works Department and is funded by revenue collected through County dumping fees.
Totals for the Nuisance Abatement Program (since June of 2006)
• 1,750 illegal dump sites cleaned up
• 450 tons of trash
• 5,600 tires
• 200 appliances
• 1,630 TVs and Monitors
• 320 Sofas and 191 mattresses
• 79 Citations issued for Littering and Illegal Dumping