“Illegal dumping is a learned behavior.” This according to Kansas City’s Illegal in Dumping investigator Alan Ashurst after writing two Illegal dumping tickets to an individual who allegedly had her children do the dirty deed for her.
Surveillance footage from the Naylor Aluminum Foundry in the 1400 block of Jackson Avenue shows a vehicle backing up in a vacant parking lot a little after midnight last Thursday, the license plate clearly visible.
Children can then be seen exiting the vehicle, removing the trash and depositing it squarely on the ground, all within 6 ft of a trash dumpster.
The suspect left the premises and came back a short time later with even more trash, once again taken out of the vehicle by the children and left on the ground.
According to Randy Naylor, owner of the business that pays for the dumpster, dumping is common in his area.
“There were weeks our dumpster would get emptied one day and by the next morning was full of trash to where we couldn’t even use it,” Naylor said. “That’s when we put cameras in.”
Ashurst indicated that since there were two separate instances, two tickets would be issued, each with a maximum $1,000 fine.
“I probably get asked five times a week why people illegally dump,” Ashurst said. “My first answer is they don’t have any self respect.” “You can’t expect them to respect you, me, your neighborhood, whatever the case may be, but this is gonna be a learned behavior.”
Naylor was pleased with the timeliness of the city’s response and is happy to see tickets written . “It’s just been a real pain and it gets expensive, you know, paying for the dumpster all the time and I don’t get to use it.”
A November court date has been set.