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Authorities on Mission to Stop Area Illegal Dumping

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The Washoe County Sheriff's Office and officials from Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful are asking all of us to do our part to stop illegal dumping.

Some people use the open spaces of northern Nevada as a dumping ground for anything from bags of trash to old appliances or even cars.

Something some locals say they are tired of seeing. "This is a beautiful place to live, 300 days of sunshine a year. And what do you use it for? To go out and do something illegal that's going to be a problem for others?"

Neal Cobb reported an illegal dump site in Golden Valley. Abandoned car has been sitting there for a few days with several bags of trash left behind.

Officials say the tires were likely left behind by a tire company because they were cut to keep them from being re-sold.

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office says if you catch someone in the act of dumping illegally -- don't approach them -- but try to get a description of the people and the vehicle they're driving, a license plate number, and what was being dumped.

Deputies will collect evidence at the site and hopefully catch the person responsible.

"Call that in right away because if we have the available resources, we will send a deputy straight out to see if we can't get the persons in the act of illegal dumping," says Bob Harmon.

To report an illegal dumping or dump site -- call 329-DUMP (3867).

Violators of this law could be fined several thousand dollars and companies could lose their business license.

Written by Paul Nelson

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