Smile, you're on dumpster camera
Graham County commissioners are going high-tech in their war against dumpster diving.
Commissioners recently discussed spending $31,000 on cameras to be placed at seven dumpster sites.
Sounds expensive – until you consider alternatives.
“We talked about manning certain sites, and we talked about doing that five days a week. Just manning one area, five days a week would cost in the neighborhood of $51,000. And that only provides security five days a week for eight hours. And the problems are at nighttime,” Commissioner Dale Wiggins said during last week’s commission meeting.
But something needs to be done. Wiggins estimates the county spends $50,000 cleaning up around dumpsters and hauling away large appliances like deep freezers that people should have hauled to the recycling center.
“The cameras are night-vision capable. They can be installed at every location we have, although we’d have to provide electricity at some of those sites,” Wiggins said.
Commissioners were unanimous that cameras should be tried, but they’re not ready to purchase seven $4,400 cameras at once, nor do they need to.
“We already have three cameras that are operational that we were led to believe were not operational, but after doing some testing, we found they are operational and they give pretty good resolution output,” County Manager Becky Garland said. “It will be a good trial run,” Commissioner Connie Orr said.