Why is illegal dumping a problem?

Cleaning up dump sites is an expensive and time-consuming process. Each year, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hires contractors to remove about 100,000 illegally dumped tires.

Illegal dumping can create an eyesore in your neighborhood, as well as an environmental and health hazard. Litter pollutes the soil, the water, and even the air. Dump sites and scrap tires also attract pests such as rodents and mosquitoes, which can carry and spread diseases. Scrap tires can also release harmful chemicals if they catch fire or burn.

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1. Why is illegal dumping a problem?
2. Did you know there is a hidden cost to illegal dumping?