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New proposal aims to curb illegal dumping in Pueblo

Posted at 6:17 PM, Apr 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-28 20:17:53-04

PUEBLO – New information was presented Sunday on a proposal to curb illegal dumping in Pueblo as community members gathered at Lake Pueblo State Park to help the “Trash Task Force” clean up.

Pueblo County Commissioner Garrison Ortiz said officials want to put up 10 cameras throughout the city and 10 more in the county to try to catch illegal dumping as it happens.

As part of the proposal, someone would be hired to be in charge of illegal dumping in the county.

A drawback of the proposal though is that it comes with a hefty price tag. Ortiz said the purchase of the cameras alone would cost around $60,000.

“These are pretty heavy duty cameras,” said Ortiz. “They have to be weatherproof and withstand vandalism and some other things.”

Volunteers said they just want to help keep their community clean.

“It’s kind of shocking what here, that people come to this beautiful place and just leave it littered,” said volunteer, Jennifer Bishop.

The proposal would also include about $25,000 for several cleanups throughout the year. Commissioner Ortiz said he hopes to have a concrete total cost estimate in the next few months.