CBS Atlanta News questioned the leader of Atlanta's Tire Commission Tuesday.
Council member Joyce Sheperd said city officials have been meeting about the problem of illegal tire dumping for nine months.
"The goal is to toughen our laws in terms of accountability for tires and carriers of tires and do accountability at the city level also," Sheperd said.
Last week, the commission met and revealed a rather surprising statistic. They have not arrested anyone for dumping tires illegally since the commission first met nearly a year ago.
"So why hasn't the city arrested any illegal tire dumpers?" CBS Atlanta News Reporter Adam Murphy said.
"The problem is finding them. People said we were going after people with 25 tires. The tires we're seeing are coming from people in the middle of the night. And on a back end street in the middle of the night they go and they dump them out," Sheperd said.
Sheperd said the commission has set up a couple of cameras near illegal tire dumps, but even that hasn't helped them track down the dumpers.
"We're in the process of putting more cameras out there. We're in a debate on which type of camera. We tried out one camera and it didn't work that well so now we're working with the police department on a different type of camera," Sheperd said.
It's an expensive proposition for the city because cameras cost more than $4,000 apiece. One other option they're considering is to tag every tire sold.
"So if you've got someone picking up tires from you and you're not doing the right thing in terms of getting rid of these tires or the carrier is not doing the right thing in terms of getting rid of these tires then we're going to come back to you and say 'hey we found these tires out here and we're tracking them back to you so you know what, you've got to pay for them or we're going to press charges against you,'" Sheperd said.
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