Landfill location riles up Rensselaer residents

January 11, 2018 11:24 PM

RENSSELAER - Some residents in Rensselaer are speaking out, concerned about the Dunn C&D Landfill along Partition Street and its proximity to a city school and cemetery.

Residents say it’s been there since 2012 and were told it was to only be used for housing construction and demolition debris.

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However, one man says he comes to Holy Sepluchre Cemetery in Rensselaer at least twice a week and often finds trash bags and other garbage around the grave sites.

“I have a lot of family here throughout the cemetery, been coming here quite a bit especially since I retired and there's a lot of trash that blows over from the dump and it gets stuck in the fence or it gets in the tombs and I pick it up,” said Bill Mahan of East Greenbush.

Mahan said he thinks keeping trash out of the cemetery could be a simple fix.

“The black plastic you see at construction sites, you know they could put it up so stuff doesn't blow around,” explained Mahan. “If they were to put the whole fence with black plastic, that would alleviate this problem here, you know because that's very disrespectful here."

Another big concern for the residents is how close the landfill is to the Rensselaer Jr./Sr. High School. They said they worry about their children playing outside and dust and debris getting into the schoolyard.

"People have shared pictures on Facebook when they're picking up their children from school and dropping them off there's all kinds of dust and debris blowing all across the school fields and who knows what's in that dust,” said David Ellis of Rensselaer Community Action.  

The group also said a big concern is the more than 100 trucks a day that travel through residential neighborhoods on Broadway and Partition Street.

While some residents said while they understand the city profits from the landfill.

"I know they get a million dollar profit from this, I was actually told this by the mayor right at a meeting,” said John Patterson of Rensselaer.

The still want to see the landfill shut down.

“I think a couple years ago there could have been some sort of compromise made, at this point I think they've done so much damage I don't even trust what they throw in there," said Joanne Kathleen Farrell of Rensselaer Community Action.  

NewsChannel 13 reached out to Waste Connections, who owns Dunn Landfill, for comment and was unable to get ahold of anyone. We also tried to reach the president of the Rensselaer Common Council as well as the Rensselaer Mayor and have yet to hear back. 


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