The cameras were installed as part of an initiative designed to step up enforcement of dumping violations in the City of Saginaw. John Stemple, Director of Neighborhood Services and Inspections, stressed the importance of this initiative, “Illegal dumping is a quality of life issue that negatively impacts our city. It contributes to the decrease in property values and can lead to increased crime. The City of Saginaw Inspections Division, in cooperation with the Saginaw Police Department, Technical Services Department, as well as the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy, is making every effort to deter this illegal and detrimental behavior that plagues many of our neighborhoods.”
Old couches, TVs, mattresses, or construction debris left in vacant lots or in the street negatively affect the quality of life for our residents and it is illegal. State Law classifies improper disposal of garbage as a misdemeanor with fines up to $500 and/or 90 days incarceration.
Since September 2020, the City has installed many surveillance cameras throughout the city in remote areas that are prone to illegal dumping. Each camera is equipped with a high dynamic range to provide enhanced visibility for bright and dark areas. The City has made great strides since September to increase enforcement against violators that illegally dump materials; and as a result, with cooperation from the Saginaw County Prosecutor’s Office, the City is pursuing charges against several suspects in illegal dumping cases.
Illegal dumping is not only a detriment to our community, but also places a financial burden on the City. City Inspector Allen Rabideau commented on the benefits of the cameras, “The Inspections Division routinely visits the same areas requiring the removal of discarded items. These new cameras help save in cleanup costs, as funds typically spent in cleanup can be directed to other city services. Consistent monitoring and holding offenders accountable for these crimes provides much needed support for the Division’s use of time as crews spend less time making repeated trips to clean the same illegal dump sites.”
Residents who wish to dispose of large, bulky materials are encouraged to utilize our monthly Waste Convenience Station located at 1435 S. Washington Avenue on the second Saturday of each month from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Items that can be dropped off include recyclables, building materials, furniture, trash and other miscellaneous items. Many local communities only offer waste drop off quarterly or once a year due to the extensive amount of work that is required to maintain these sites. The City of Saginaw is pleased to offer city residents this service each month to dispose of unwanted items and waste. The Convenience Station will be open this Saturday, December 12, from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Residents must show a valid Michigan driver's license or identification as proof of residency. Click here to view Convenience Station guidelines.
To report illegal dumping, contact Allen Rabideau at (989) 759-1420.