By: Don Shaw email: don.shaw@pennsylvaniachronicle.com (570) 543-2961

Recycling company charged with dumping gallons of chemical cleaner in Carbon County creek that people rely on for trout fishing

Recycling company charged with dumping gallons of chemical cleaner in Carbon County creek that people rely on for trout fishing

Harrisburg, PA

The Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General’s Environmental Crimes section has filed criminal charges against Plastic World Recycling, Inc., for dumping chemical and cleaning products into a nearby storm drain.

On May 28, 2018, witnesses told authorities they saw employees of Plastic World Recycling pouring drums of a white chemical on a loading dock which then flowed to a storm drain connected to the Fireline Creek in Carbon County, Pennsylvania.  Witnesses also observed that Fireline Creek had a white, frothy appearance.  Several witnesses reported smelling an acidic odor in the area of the storm water drain inlet.  One witness estimated that 300 drums of cleaning chemicals were dumped by Plastic World Recycling employees.

Authorities say when employees were asked why they had dumped the cleaning agents into the water, they responded that they had been instructed to do so by the owner of Plastic Waste Recycling, and that they were only “doing what [they were] told to do.”

The defendants are charged with Disturbance of Waterways and Watersheds, Pollution of Waters, Industrial Waste Discharge, and related charges.