POSTED: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 5:20pm
UPDATED: Saturday, October 8, 2011 - 4:34pm
DOWNTOWN EL PASO- Environmentalists and city leaders gathered in downtown El Paso on Friday to bring attention to illegal trash dumping. It was all part of the 11th annual Environmental Summit.
The event is put on every year by the non-profit organization EcoWise El Paso. Private businesses, area school children and other government agencies took part in Friday's sessions.
According to summit leaders, their biggest concern during this year's event is the illegal dumping of used tires.
They say this problem is on the rise, and it possess multiple environmental and health threats to the public.
According to EcoWise El Paso, there is a rise in illegal companies who charge to properly dispose tires for the public, but instead they take the money and dump the tires in areas they are not legally permitted.
The organization says tires attract rodents, mosquitoes and can cause harmful fires.
“Step up to the plate. Get people to report illegal dumping, not just look the other way. If you see something, say something. Take a picture with your cell phone, you know write a description down. Don't depend on your memory. Get a license plate number if you can a description. Take a picture, anything that you can get. Report it to the police department, the sheriff's department,” said Pamela Aquirre with EcoWise El Paso.
Other government agencies were also on hand Friday to speak about other environmental issues such as air population and recycling.
The overall goal of the summit is to come up with solutions and not just point out the problem.