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Don’t Mess with Precinct 3: Report Illegal Dumping

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With the Don’t Mess with Precinct 3 Reward Program, witnesses who report illegal dumping can receive a $500 reward. Image for illustration purposes
With the Don’t Mess with Precinct 3 Reward Program, witnesses who report illegal dumping can receive a $500 reward. Image for illustration purposes

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MISSION, Texas – Hidalgo County Precinct 3 is launching a new program that will provide monetary rewards to witnesses who report illegal dumping in Precinct 3 county areas. With the Don’t Mess with Precinct 3 Reward Program, witnesses who report illegal dumping can receive a $500 reward.

“We hope that this sends a strong message that Precinct 3 will not tolerate illegal dumping in our neighborhoods and along our streets,” said Precinct 3 Commissioner Everardo “Ever” Villarreal.

“Illegal dumping is not a victimless crime,” states Commissioner Villarreal. “Illegal dumping detracts from the beauty of our community and negatively impacts the quality of life for residents whose neighborhoods are being turned into dumping grounds. Coming forward to safely report illegal dumping allows residents who care about our community to work with our office to stop this bad behavior.” 

How does illegal dumping impact our community? 

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Illegal dumping can disrupt natural processes on land and in the water. Dumping can interfere with the natural flow of water. Areas are more susceptible to flooding when waste blocks ravines, creeks, culverts, and drainage basins. In rural areas, burning at dump sites can cause forest fires and severe erosion as fires burn away trees and undergrowth. The run-off from improper disposal of toxic substances such as motor oil or household cleansers can contaminate lakes, streams, and drinking water supplies.

 Don’t Mess with Precinct 3 Reward Program

 Precinct 3 residents can help stop illegal dumping by reporting violators. If your tip turns into an arrest or citation, you may be eligible for a $500 reward. 

Here’s how:

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  • Report the violator’s physical description: Gender, age, hair color, clothing, etc. 
  • Report the vehicle: License plate number, color, make and model 
  • Report the incident: Time and date, location and type of materials 
  • Report any other identifying or incriminating evidence 

To report it: 

  • Call Precinct at (956) 585-4509, or 
  • Report it Online

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Only reports of materials dumped in Precinct 3 areas are eligible for a reward (not within city limits). 
  • The reward does not apply to materials dumped on private property. 
  • Littering does not qualify for illegal dumping rewards. 
  • Abandoned vehicles do not qualify as illegal dumping. 
  • County employees or family members of COunty employees are not eligible to receive rewards. 

*Reward Program Disclaimer: Prosecution and a final judgment must occur before any reward issuance. County employees and their family members are not eligible for rewards. All rewards will be sponsored directly by Commissioner Everardo “Ever” Villarreal and will have no cost to Hidalgo County Precinct 3. 

For more information on this program, please visit Precinct 3’s Program Page or contact Precinct ‘s office at (956) 585-4509.

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