MISSION, Texas – Across the Rio Grande Valley, residents fed up with illegal dumping. This time around, the city of Mission is tackling the issue as complaints increase. Officials now pursuing criminal charges against violators. The Code Enforcement department, along with Mission Police are patrolling neighborhoods they say are known for illegal dumping. All in an effort to prevent health problems for residents.
Irasema Dimas, Code Enforcement Supervisor, “They dump furniture, construction debris, trash, brush, tires. That creates a lot of nuisances. We see a lot of increase of mosquitoes because of the tires. If it rains they retain water and they breed mosquitoes. The mosquitoes can carry Zika virus and later we can have that problem so we’re trying to eliminate that.”
If caught, you can face a fine of up to $2,000.