For Immediate Release - November 21, 2013

Two Western Massachusetts Waste Haulers Fined a Total of $2,604 for Solid Waste Ban Violations

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has levied penalties of $1,032 against both J. Tinnerello, LLC of Agawam and McNamara Waste Services, LLC of Hampden for violations of state Solid Waste Management regulations involving the mismanagement of recyclable materials. Both companies provide solid waste hauling services to the public.

On June 17, 2013, MassDEP staff observed J. Tinnerello deliver excessive amounts of wood and metal to the South Hadley Landfill for disposal. These materials are banned from disposal in Massachusetts landfills and incinerators given their value as a recyclable material. Previously, a warning letter had been issued to J. Tinnerello for similar observations made by MassDEP staff in February 2013. 

Additionally, monthly reports submitted to MassDEP by the South Hadley Landfill indicate that J. Tinnerello delivered 24 truckloads of material that contained quantities of waste ban items in excess of acceptable standards during the period from March 2013 through July 2013.

In the case of McNamara Waste Services, on July 18, 2013, MassDEP staff observed that pre-sorted residential recycled materials were being placed in the waste compartment of a curbside trash collection truck at locations along Main Street and Steepleview Road in Hampden. The co-mingling of pre-sorted recycled material with solid waste for disposal is a violation of the waste ban regulation.

A warning letter citing similar violations was issued to McNamara Waste Services in March as a result of observations made in February 2013 by MassDEP staff at the South Hadley Landfill.  Those violations included the disposal of materials that contained excessive amounts of recyclable paper and cardboard and a cathode ray tube (recyclable materials banned from disposal).

Additionally, monthly reports submitted to MassDEP by the South Hadley Landfill indicate that McNamara delivered 20 truckloads of material that contained quantities of waste ban items in excess of acceptable standards during the period from March 1, 2013 through July 2013.

"MassDEP is investing additional resources to ensure that waste and recyclables are handled in a manner that is environmentally responsible, compliant, and does not compromise the recycling efforts of citizens and businesses," said Michael Gorski, director of MassDEP's Western Regional Office in Springfield.  

MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.