Providence cracks down on illegal trash dumping

Courtesy Mayor Jorge Elorza's Office

By News Staff

By The Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Providence is installing eight cameras in areas around the city prone to illegal trash dumping.

The motion-activated cameras are housed in small metal boxes and mounted on telephone poles.

When a camera detects movement, the lens cover pops open and it takes pictures. The images can be stored in a memory card in the camera or be sent by Wi-Fi to a computer.

The high-resolution images are clear enough to make out faces and license plates. One car illegally dumping has already been spotted.

A spokesman for the mayor’s office says the cameras can cost up to $8,000 each.

The cost of sending a crew and equipment to clean up dumped trash is about $6,000 a week. This includes the cost of equipment and disposal fees.

No one has been arrested because the offense is punishable by fines. Multiple infractions have been issued.

© The Associated Press / WLNE-TV 2015