MassDEP Inspection Reveals Recyclable Wood Dumped at Landfill in Violation of State's Waste Ban by ABC Disposal Services of New Bedford
BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) penalized waste hauler ABC Disposal, Inc., of New Bedford, $1,500 for solid waste violations involving dumping excessive amounts of construction and demolition wood at a landfill in December of 2012. Disposal of wood at Massachusetts landfills or incinerators has been banned since 2006 along with other easily recyclable materials such as asphalt pavement, concrete and brick.
"Bringing in waste-ban materials where the amount is egregiously obvious, like 40 percent, is simply an unacceptable violation by this waste hauler," said Phil Weinberg, director of MassDEP's Southeast Regional Office in Lakeville. "Waste bans not only increase recycling, reduce waste and protect the environment, but the old practices of discarding, and burying things is simply not sustainable."
MassDEP conducted a waste-ban inspection at the Fall River landfill on December 3, 2012, and observed ABC Disposal unloading a 100-cubic-yard trailer where an estimated 40 percent was wood. Later that day, a second similar-sized trailer attempted to unload at the same landfill in which excessive wood was again immediately apparent before unloading. The landfill owner cooperated during these inspections, followed its MassDEP-approved waste load inspection protocol, and is not the responsible party in these incidents.
In addition to the penalty, ABC Disposal has agreed to submit within 30 days a plan for training all its personnel engaged in handling and transport of solid waste on complying with the state's waste bans. The plan must include measures to be taken by the hauler to ascertain the types of materials in each load.
In addition to wood, asphalt, brick and concrete, Massachusetts has banned from disposal the following materials: cathode ray tubes; clean gypsum wallboard; ferrous and non-ferrous metals; glass and metal containers; lead acid batteries; leaves and yard waste; recyclable paper, cardboard and paperboard; single resin narrow-necked plastics; treated and untreated wood and wood waste (banned from landfills only); white goods (large appliances); and whole tires (banned from landfills only; shredded tires acceptable). For more information, see: Massachusetts Waste Disposal Bans