In 2003, there were thousands of illegal dumps across the state. Many had been there for years, and the culture of illegal dumping was still prevalent.
That changed with the start of the illegal dumping program. In three years, from 2003-2005, more than a thousand illegal open dumps were cleaned at a cost of $6 million.
The program changed in 2006, and became a grant program. From 2006 to this year, nearly 2,000 dumps have been cleaned at a cost of more than $22 million. In addition, another 500 dumps were cleaned without the help of grant funding.
Now, there are around 100 dump sites a year cleaned, and with education of the next generation, the plan is for that number to decrease every year.