Cairo man charged with illegal dumping

From NYS D.E.C. office:

On Feb. 8, ECO Lucas Palmateer was patrolling in the Town of Saugerties when he observed a white pickup truck transporting an uncovered load of solid waste. It included old cabinets, waste wood, and plastic. 

He stopped the truck and the driver, a Cairo resident, told ECO Palmateer that he was doing a favor for a friend who lives in Kingston by transporting the waste to the Greene County Transfer Station in Catskill. The driver was issued a ticket for transporting an uncovered load of solid waste, returnable to the Saugerties Town Court. 

Several days later, ECO Mike Arp received an illegal dumping complaint in the Town of Cairo. He found a pile of debris that sounded very similar to the waste ECO Palmateer encountered. An inspection of the pile produced a receipt with a name from an individual who lived in Kingston. He interviewed the individual and learned that the waste had been given to a friend for disposal at the Greene County Transfer Station.

Based on photos taken by ECO Palmateer, ECO Arp was able to determine that the waste piles were from the same case. ECO Arp interviewed the driver of the truck again and he admitted to dumping the debris on the side of the road in Cairo instead of bringing it to the dump as promised. He was issued another ticket, this time for unlawful disposal of solid waste returnable to Cairo Town Court.

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