Litter, Illegal Dumping & Recycling Program. Washington State Parks Annual Case Study Report 2003 . Litter, Illegal Dumping and Recycling Program. 10 illegal dumps were cleaned up in FY 03 4 old large dumps
Washington State Parks
Annual Case Study Report
10 illegal dumps were cleaned up in FY 03
In FY 03 we received $32,000 from the Department of Ecology (DOE); Parks matched these funds with over $50,000 in staff time and equipment used on the program.
Airtek outdoor recycling containers have been placed at Riverside, Lewis & Clark and Fort Worden in 2003
Fort Worden put a few 3 hole Airtek recycling centers into guest housesFort Flagler has used this simple household system for over 3 years
These units, which are made in the USA, use a simple design with labels on the inside of the lids
Case Studies of Dump Sites Cleaned-up in 2003
Wallace Falls in phase 1 removed over 30 hulks, 130 pieces
of old furniture, and over 200 tires; plus 10,000 pounds of
loose waste was taken to a landfill. In phase 2 they removed
6,000 more pounds of loose wastewith a vacuum truck.
Sequim Bay staff removed 10,000 pounds of waste, 12 hulks, and several tires and appliances in FY 03.
Barrier trenches (on dirt roads or trails), that staff have built to keep people out, often had appliancesand old motor bike parts dumped in them. The Miller area is a magnet to littering/dumping.
Friends of The Trail billed Parks for only 7 hours, yet worked many more in partnership with park staff to clean up a large dump. Solid waste removed totaled 5,500 pounds, plus 7 hulks and over 100 tires.
Illegal dumps clean-ups in parks often attract local media attention. That was the case for ShawnDouty at Federation Forest where the local paper ran a story on clean up in June 2003.
A historic dump, dating from the 1920 - 30’s, had not been used since the late 70’s when State Parks acquired the land. Site only found this past year in remote area by Ranger Dennis Mills.
25,000 pounds of loose waste was removed, plus many bigger items like tires, hulks, appliances and other household trash.
Big items removed included a 1920’s washer. The washer will stay at 25 Mile Creek SP, with flowers in it in front of the ranger station with an interpretive sign about the dump clean-up and reclamation.
Ranger Dennis Mills plans to back fill the dump remains, cover them with top soil and seed with native plants. This completion of the project will be his Natural Resource Stewardship project in 2004.
25 Mile Creek 25,000 pounds
Wallace Falls 17,000 pounds
Miller Peninsula 10,000 pounds
Deception Pass 10,000 pounds
Fort Flagler 9,500 pounds
Alta Lake 7,500 pounds
Nisqually-Mashel 6,000 pounds
Sacajawea 4,400 pounds
Green River Gorge 3,000 pounds
Fort Canby 2 hulks
Riverside State Park
Litter & Illegal dump clean-up
Recycling programs expansion
State Parks field staff will help achieve these priorities:
Illegal dumps in parks will be reported and cleaned-up promptly.
A master list of all parks will be compiled in 2004 to identify and evaluate parks’ recycling programs. This information will help the agency understand and improve Litter and Recycling programs in future.Summary Litter, Illegal Dumping and Recycling Program