Calls for state to investigate dump trucks at Dunn Landfill

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Day in and day out, dozens of trash trucks rumble through this neighborhood into the Dunn Landfill. Now, county leaders are calling for the state to look into claims of illegal dumping. 

Albany’s sky line lights up over the Dunn Landfill in Rensselaer where dozens of 18-wheeled trucks dump construction and demolition debris, every day.

Are there other types of waste buried in the rubble? County leaders are urging the state to investigate those claims.

“There are reports that there has been waste from homes in Colonie that are going into the landfill and that’s not part of the agreement,” Jake Ashby, Rensselaer County Legislator, said.

Ashby says air quality tests are overdue for the neighborhood around Partition Street where signs make it clear how people there feel.

Protestors are calling for the dump to close entirely.  They complain about truck noise, diesel fumes, and the dump’s close proximity to Rensselaer City schools.

“The only thing that stands between the school and the dump is a fence,” Joanne Farrell said.

“It’s affecting the quality of education for these students. They’re afraid to go outside to play sports and stuff like that,” David Ellis said.

The landfill’s permit extends through 2022 and is the largest C&D dump in the state. 

Legislators believe it’s time to take a closer look. 

“It seems like the frequency of trucks have been kind of ramping up there too. They’re up to about 80 trucks a day. Even people from Albany are noticing it now.”

The resolution calling for state inspections is expected to go before the entire Rensselaer County Legislature on April 10th.

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