Philly using cameras to fight illegal dumping

    Philadelphia officials are using hidden cameras to catch people who dump junk illegally.

    The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the city started using the cameras early last year and they have helped lead to tickets against 71 people. Now, officials are seeking a federal grant to buy 25 more cameras.

    The Streets Department cleared 16,590 tons of garbage from 1,047 illegal dumping locations for the year that ended June 30. That’s down from 17,682 tons from 1,368 spots the year before, but officials say that they’ve got a long way to go if the City of Brotherly Love is to shed its less-flattering moniker: Filthadelphia.

    What do you think? Feed the Feed–is this creepy big brother at it again, or a helpful way to clean up our streets?

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