View the Explainer Video with County Attorney Volkmer and Sheriff Lamb: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OolMKZAVE5s
A new rewards program will provide a monetary incentive for residents to submit tips and information on those illegally dumping items in the desert as part of a revamped effort to curb the issue across Pinal County.
Pinal County is a beautiful place to live, work, and play. However, the number of tires, mattresses, and other items littered across the desert is unacceptable and an eyesore. The Pinal County Attorney’s Office is launching a ‘rewards program’ that will provide a $500 reward to tipsters who submit information on people illegally dumping items if the tip leads to charges in the case.
“This is a problem that we need the whole community to help us solve,” said Pinal County Attorney Kent Volkmer.
Pinal County has also created a new, simplified online page to direct residents to any resource they are seeking. This includes how to properly dispose of bulky items, when and where to find community cleanups, and how to report an illegal dumpsite.
“We wanted a one-stop-shop with all the information that people would need to do the right thing,” Volkmer said. “We are really excited and hopeful that this new program is going to cut down on illegal dumping and hold those that do dump accountable.”
“There’s no longer the excuse of, ‘I didn’t know what to do with it,” Volkmer said. “All of the information is now at the end of your fingertips.”
You can find the new online page at the link below, or it's accessible from the County homepage: https://www.pinalcountyaz.gov/Pages/keep-pinal-pristine.aspx
Pinal County District 2 Supervisor Mike Goodman is fully behind the initiative, acknowledging the scale of the issue across Pinal County, "I want to thank County Attorney Kent Volkmer for taking the lead on this initiative, as well as all our staff that put in the work behind the scenes to bring this to fruition.
Our deserts and several commercial properties have been littered with piles of debris for far too long. With a large portion of the San Tan Valley area, and the entire County being undeveloped State Land, these wide-open spaces are often taken advantage of and seen as a place to discard unwanted and hazardous materials. All too often, we see businesses left carrying the burden and cost to haul off garbage piled up on their properties. It has to stop. We are better than this!
We are calling on our community to participate in the various programs available to them to help us keep Pinal Pristine. If we each do our part, we will have a significant impact on the beauty that surrounds us."