Focused on blight remediation, code compliance, safety and quality of life issues to enhance Danbury’s position as a premier place to live, work and raise a family, the city’s Unified Neighborhood Inspection Team or UNIT, asks the community to help deter a significant increase in illegal dumping on the streets of Danbury.
Comprised of officials from the fire marshal’s office, the police department, the health department and the zoning office, the UNIT patrols city neighborhoods daily to prevent illegal dumping and investigate citizen complaints.
Illegal dumping is the term used to describe disposing of waste such as furniture, appliances, trash, litter or landscaping cuttings, etc., in unauthorized areas. It is an environmental crime. Depending on the circumstances, charges can range from misdemeanor to felony and the fines can be quite heavy.
But charging and fining residents is not what the UNIT team has in mind, according to UNIT. coordinator Richie Antous.
“We understand the good intention to pass on an old couch to someone who may need it, but one must dispose of the item correctly.”
If you want to properly dispose of large items such as couches, mattresses, etc., in decent condition, consider donating them to the Salvation Army, or bringing them to the Housatonic Habitat for Humanity, or perhaps taking them to the White Street trash transfer station, he suggested.
“Usually, if you don’t want the item, chances are nobody else does, and it becomes a fixture on the sidewalk,” explained Antous, adding, “Community help is essential to catching and deterring illegal dumps.”
The UNIT continues to encourage the participation of Danbury’s residents to report any concerns in their neighborhood by utilizing the City Line 311 system. Residents of Danbury can simply dial 311 from their home phones, or 203-744-4311 from out of town or cell phones.