CHICAGO (CBS) – The city of Chicago is offering $100 rewards to those who help them catch fly dumpers.
The two-year pilot program has been on the books since May.
You need not get the dumper’s license plate number to claim the reward. Harrison District Police Cmdr. Eric Washington said you can snap photos or video of the dumping going on and send it to the 911 call center.
“For one, we have evidence right off the top that someone is doing something and we have evidence, as officers are responding, that can help catch them before they get too far away,” he said.
Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) said that he currently gets anywhere from 6 to 15 calls a day of people dumping in his West Side ward. He said he would like to see the pilot program curb such dumping.
Those caught face stiffer fines that range from $1,500 for the first offense to $3,500 for repeat violators.
Ervin said the fly dumpers themselves are financing the initiative, through a $40 surcharge levied at the time of sentencing. They money is being put into a special fund, so that no taxpayer dollars are needed.