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Warning: Illegal Dumping Will Not Be Tolerated
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VINELAND — The city wants to get the word out that illegal dumping will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Penalties include first offense fines ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 plus cleanup costs. To this end, code enforcement officers from the public works department have been investigating a number of incidents at various locations around the city. Thanks to their hard work, one recent incident was quickly resolved with the perpetrators paying a substantial fine in municipal court.

According to city officials, in late April a load of cardboard and other packing materials was found to have been dumped at a frequently used location on West Chestnut Avenue.

"Through an investigation of the materials at the site, we were able to determine that several items had been delivered to a residence in Pleasantville," said Vineland Code Enforcement Officer Jeffrey Bordley. "The residents at the Pleasantville location were sent a summons and fully cooperated with the investigation. As a result, two companies were subsequently issued summonses for dumping violations, FSA Logistics of Swedesboro and Innovel Solutions of Logan Township."

Representatives of the two companies attended a hearing in Vineland Municipal Court on May 22. Lynell Collins appeared on behalf of Infinity Loads and took responsibility for dumping the trash from deliveries he had made in the area, and was fined $2,500, plus court fees for the offense. Complaints against Innovel Solutions and the Pleasantville homeowner were dismissed.

Vineland code enforcement officers are on the job checking known and suspected dump sites and investigating citizen complaints.

"Community help is essential to catching and deterring illegal dumping," Bordley said. "If you discover an illegal dump site, we encourage you to report it. If you see illegal dumping taking place, please record the make, model, and license plate of the vehicle; or a description of the person (if no vehicle), and contact the Vineland Police Department at (856) 696-1212, and the Vineland Clean Communities Program at (856) 794-4089 to report the information. Most of all, never take it upon yourself to confront the individual."
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