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ITHACA, N.Y. – With the arrival of warmer weather imminent, the Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management is reminding residents that uncovered loads are against the law, and subject to a surcharge at the Recycling and Solid Waste Center.

Transporting garbage, yard waste or recyclable materials without a tarp is also a violation of New York State law, contributing to instances of debris and litter along the roadside and on private property. Fines can be as high as $1,000 or more.

“New York State Conservation officers routinely monitor the Recycling and Solid Waste Center,” said Paul Cowles, Tompkins County’s Solid Waste Enforcement Officer. “You may be ticketed upon entering the facility with an uncovered load, and the County is in violation of State law if we accept these loads. Do your part to avoid costly tickets and court appearances.” 

The laws pertaining to uncovered loads apply to anyone who transports material into or within Tompkins County.

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Alyvia is a Crime Reporter with The Ithaca Voice. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Journalism and Photography.