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Alpco fined $225,000 for improper handling of e-waste

A Wayne County recycling company in Macedon was fined by the New York State Department of Environmental Conversation (WHAM photo - file)

Macedon, N.Y. (WHAM) - A Wayne County recycling company in Macedon was fined by the New York State Department of Environmental Conversation (DEC).

13WHAM News first reported on this story last August.

Our news partners at the Times of Wayne County report that Alpco was fined $225,000 for improperly handling "e-waste."

The fines are scheduled to be paid over two years.

The DEC cited Al Plumb, the owner of Alpco, for not applying to operate as an electronic recycling facility. The business had no license or registration with the DEC to do so.

Approximately 780 tons of e-waste was crushed on site and transported to a landfill. As a result, the report states, "hazardous waste, including lead and other contamination, was released and continued to be released to the soil and groundwater."

If Alpco fails to abide by the consent order given by the DEC, they will be fined an additional $500,000, according to the agreement.

Back in August, Plumb said he was fully cooperating with the investigation and stood by his methods of recycling.

"I feel okay with what I've done," Plumb told 13WHAM News. "The DEC wants to see exactly what I do and how I do it. They're taking samples to make sure we're not harming the environment or doing anything with it."

The Times of Wayne County reports that the owner could not be reached for comment.

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