Seeking to revive the city’s illegal dumping reward program, the Los Angeles City Council voted on Friday to establish a tiered reward system for information regarding illegal dumping violations.
The illegal dumping of waste and hazardous items in the city’s public spaces increased 450% between 2016 and 2020, according to a report released last year by Comptroller Ron Galperin.
The board asked the city attorney to prepare an order that would provide up to at least $100 in rewards if information about an illegal dumping leads to a misdemeanor or felony conviction. The exact reward — capped at $1,000 — would vary depending on how much money the city receives as a result of the enforcement action.
The reward amount would drop to at least $50 – with a cap of $500 – for an offense citation leading to a conviction, and $25 for an enforcement action resulting in an uncontested conviction.
No reward would be offered if there was insufficient evidence to initiate enforcement action or if enforcement action fails.
The Illegal Dumping Reward Program, established in 2002, offered up to $1,000 in rewards for information leading to a conviction. But the program has been dormant for more than a decade, according to LA Sanitation.
Officials said the public may not be aware of the program and the application process is dependent on a conviction, which could take several years.
The board also voted to provide $20,000 to the program to fund the initial award payment and public outreach. Los Angeles Superior Court funds from tried cases would be channeled to support the program.
The funds would also be used for public improvements and community beautification, with 10% of the funds distributed by council district.
In April, the council approved a plan for the Office of Sanitation to hire 61 positions, with some of the new hires being added to teams that keep the city’s sidewalks and public spaces clean, safe, safe and accessible by clearing abandoned waste.
The amount of solid waste collected by remediation crews rose from 9,200 tonnes in 2016 to 14,500 tonnes in the first eight months of 2020, according to Galperin’s report.
The report also revealed that the Sanitation Bureau’s resources are spread too thinly as it is responsible for managing illegal dumping and cleaning up homeless encampments, and as a result, the average time it took for teams remediation to respond to illegal dumping requests in 2020 was five days. .