HOUSTON - Houston City Council is turning up the heat on those who are illegally dumping.
By unanimous vote, Council doubled the maximum fine for offenders breaking the city's dumping law to $4,000.
Mayor Sylvester Turner encouraged local judges to use the harsher penalty to hold offenders accountable and send a serious, community-wide message.
"Don't let them just walk away. Don't do that. We are increasing the fine. Hit them with a heavy fine, because this an all-out attack on people who are illegally dumping," said Turner.
Council members called on the Mayor to funnel any additional revenue from fines into clean-up efforts and anti-dumping surveillance.