(Apple Valley)— Illegal dumping doesn’t pay…but reporting it can. Apple Valley resident Frank Aubel received a $500 reward check from Burrtec Waste Industries at the November 8 Apple Valley Town Council meeting for reporting a case that ultimately turned into a conviction. Ironically, Aubel spotted the offenders while on his way home from the county landfill where he was dumping his refuse legally.
“While traveling south on Kiowa Road passing Food 4 Less, he observed a large orange truck dumping tree trimmings in the desert,” said Code Enforcement Manager Jim Andersen, who further explained that Aubel followed the truck to a house in Apple Valley. Aubel turned the truck license plate information over to the police, who forwarded the information to Apple Valley Code Enforcement.
Code Officer Raul Lopez’s investigation determined the truck was from a tree trimming service in Hesperia that did not have a business license to operate in the Town of Apple Valley.
A court trial found the suspect guilty of illegal dumping and operating a business without a license, which resulted in a $300 fine.
Burrtec Waste Industries offers rewards of $500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of illegal dumpers.
There are several methods available to report illegal dumping:
- Call Code Enforcement at (760) 240-7560
- Call the Police Department at (760) 240-7400
- Go to www.AppleValley.org and click on “Let us Know” at the top of every page
- Go to www.AVCode.org and click on “Let us Know”
- Use the Government Outreach app for smart phones. Search the App Store or Marketplace for “GORequest”