As research on the problem expands, communities are struggling to stop the flow of garbage into their backyard.

“We haven’t been able to get the birdseye view because there aren’t any good general datasets on illegal dumping’s toll on communities,” says Bernadette Hohl, a senior research investigator with the Penn Injury Science Center and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s Injury Prevention Program. This has required public health researchers to come up with new measurements to understand the problem.

Hohl partnered with the Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center, community violence intervention project out of the University of Michigan funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to analyze communities hardest hit by illegal dumping and how they might prevent it.

Dr. Marc Zimmerman is the Director of the YVPC which was featured by Environmental Health News

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Center for Community Progress