Middletown weighing local law to crack down on illegal dumping

By Julia Green
There will be a public hearing held by the Middletown Town Board on Tuesday, June 2 at 7 p.m. at the Middletown Town Hall to address a proposed local law that would regulate the use of the town transfer station.
The Town of Middletown Transfer Station and Recycling Center Law was proposed by the Town Board in response to recent and ongoing abuses of dumping privileges at the transfer station. Last spring, the town received a bill from the county for $8,000, thanks to the illegal dumping of 42 tons of construction and demolition materials at the transfer station.
Under the guidelines of the new law, those violating the dumping guidelines would be found guilty of an offense punishable by a fine of $100 to $500, as well as a civil penalty of $250. Anyone violating the law three or more times within a two-year period would be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of at least $1,000 or imprisonment for up to 30 days, as well as a civil penalty of $1,000.
At Tuesday’s hearing, members of the public will be able to ask questions and voice opinions on the proposed local law, copies of which are available at the Middletown Town Clerk’s Office.