A new survey conducted by Allegheny CleanWays reports that Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County has 486 illegal dump sites.
According to the survey, some of the dumps contain 350 tons of trash, including more than 10,000 tires. Most of the sites, however, are much smaller—containing less than 5 tons of trash, typically comprising of construction or demolition debris, household trash and yard waste.
But, according to a spokesperson from Allegheny CleanWays, all should be considered “land pollution” that degrades the environment and poses health risks for those living nearby.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has more:
Allegheny County has 486 illegal dump sites, 175 more than any other county in Pennsylvania.
And that’s not counting hundreds more in the City of Pittsburgh.
Some of the dumps, according to a survey report completed this spring by the non-profit Allegheny CleanWays, are massive, like the former salvage yard in Kennedy Township that contains 350 tons of trash, including more than 10,000 tires, and one in McKeesport that holds an estimated 220 tons of trash, including almost 4,800 tires.