Hank Winchester joins Detroit police as they track down illegal dumpers

You can report illegal dumping through the Improve Detroit app or by calling the Department of Public Works at 313-224-3901

Illegal dumping has grown during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the consequences.
Illegal dumping has grown during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the consequences.

DETROIT – Illegal dumping has grown during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the consequences.

In one Detroit neighborhood on the city’s east side, residents were upset with the trash being dumped in the neighborhood. They became infuriated when someone was brazen enough to dump an old boat -- an eyesore and a danger for children in the neighborhood.

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The dumper thought he was crafty, but not enough for Local 4′s Hank Winchester to catch up with him.

The Detroit Police Department has a team dedicated to illegal dumping. They’ve placed hidden cameras across the city for one purpose: to catch illegal dumping.

You can report illegal dumping through the Improve Detroit app. The city responds within 48 hours and will work to clean up messes.

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About the Authors:

Hank Winchester is Local 4's Consumer Investigative Reporter and the head of WDIV's "Help Me Hank" Consumer Unit. He works to solve consumer complaints, reveal important recalls and track down thieves who have ripped off metro Detroiters.

Dane is a producer and media enthusiast. He previously worked freelance video production and writing jobs in Michigan, Georgia and Massachusetts. Dane graduated from the Specs Howard School of Media Arts.