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Alternatives to Illegal Dumping

We've all seen it: trash, tires and other debris in a wooded area.
We've all seen it: trash, tires and other debris in a wooded area. It's disgusting, but also illegal to dump your unwanted items onto someone else's property.

Along Court St. in Binghamton, near the Kirkwood town line, you can find some tires dumped behind an old abandoned building. Maybe not unusual, but it is illegal.

If you're caught dumping, you can be fined, which is a lot more expensive than disposing of items properly.

"Having a lot of rural area in Broome County, illegal dumping is a real problem and to be frank it's a disgusting problem. If you own property out in a rural area, you like to think that this is an area for the wildlife and that kind of thing and you get a few people that want to abuse it," said Broome County Undersheriff Alex Minor.

Either because they're too lazy or cheap to get rid of them at the landfill.

Police patrolling areas can lead to some good catches and help get landowners out of having to handle someone else's unwanted things.

"Every once in a while we get lucky and a deputy will be patrolling and find somebody in the act. In those cases, most cases like that, the person is charged with illegal dumping," said Minor.

Broome County's Materials Recovery Manager Debra Smith encourages county residents to bring items up to the landfill.

"We do accept car tires, so tires generally come in, they're $2.50 each, 15 or more of them it goes by a per ton price. Garbage comes in, we have some residents that bring up materials to us directly. Again, the tip fee is 45 dollars per ton. If you have large quantities, are cleaning out your house, it really is affordable to properly handle this material, rather than dumping it somewhere and creating a nuisance for wildlife, the environment or the property owner themselves," said Smith.
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