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Don't Dump Idaho campaign discourages illegal dumping on public lands

<p>The Bureau of Land Management is warning about people dumping trash on public lands.</p>

BOISE - It's an eyesore, a nuisance - and a public health hazard.

The Bureau of Land Management is warning about people dumping trash on public lands.

The BLM says over 1,700 cases of illegal trash dumping have been documented, investigated or ticketed on Idaho public lands since 2000.

Last year, after the Soda Fire in Owyhee County, a crew cleaned up 2,400 intact car tires and many more that had been burned in the fire.

The BLM has a new campaign to get people to stop leaving trash in Idaho's great outdoors.

It's called Don't Dump Idaho.

The BLM says some of the trash left behind - in addition to being an eyesore - can cause pollution and harm animals and people.

Ffor example, decaying car batteries can leave toxic lead behind.

The penalty for illegally dumping is a t$1,000 fine or up to a year in jail.

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