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Down on Dumpers

A comfortable bench on your front porch can really enhance the enjoyment of an evening outdoors—a dilapidated couch dumped on your front lawn does not.

A handful of dumping complaints, particularly along Newberry Blvd., has prompted the City of Milwaukee to remind residents that it’s illegal to dump old furniture, tires or other waste in vacant lots, in lawns or on the median. Violators face up to $5,000 in fines or up to 100 days in jail.

If you see dumping in your neighborhood, you could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 if your tip leads to a conviction. Just get a detailed description of the cars or people involved and call the WeTip line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

If you have old furniture or other large items to dispose of, you can learn more about the proper methods at the Department of Public Works web page.