A resident of New York City was recently captured on camera by the Department of Sanitation, leaving him feeling quite sad.
Local governments across New York State, from bustling New York City to the serene Adirondack Mountains, are constantly on the alert for residents who try to bypass regulations related to the appropriate disposal of garbage and recycling. The New York City Department of Sanitation (NYCDS) recently imposed a hefty fine for such an infraction. However, it begs the question: Are the laws just as stringent here in the Hudson Valley?
New York State Struggles with Illegal Dumping
The NYC Sanitation Department recently warned that there is no such thing as a quiet dumping spot. A post from their official page showed a person leaving cardboard on the sidewalk, only to be caught by the camera and fined a whopping $4,000. The vehicle used for the act was also impounded. Such illegal dumping is not acceptable. In comparison, let’s look at the laws in the Hudson Valley and how the penalty for such activities stands in contrast to the astronomical fine imposed in NYC.
Penalties for Illegal Dumping in the Hudson Valley, NY
The Hudson Valley region has strict laws to prevent the illegal dumping of solid and recyclable waste. However, the fines imposed in this region are not as high as those in New York City, and your vehicle won’t be impounded either. In Dutchess County, NY, violating waste management and licensing regulations can result in a fine of $500 for the first offence. Despite these measures, the Hudson Valley has recently faced significant challenges in managing waste disposal.
New York State Faces Lawsuit Over Alleged Massive Dumping
In March, Attorney General Letitia James took legal action against nearly 30 waste management companies. The lawsuit was filed on the grounds of illegally transporting thousands of truckloads of construction debris from New York City to Saugerties, NY, for dumping. This alleged violation was on a much larger scale than a single individual leaving piles of cardboard. As a result, the fines in this case could amount to millions of dollars.
Reporting to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
Illegal dumping of any size is not tolerated in New York. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) strongly encourages all residents to report any such incidents that they witness.
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