Rensselaer Environmental Coalition

The Rensselaer Environmental Coalition (REC) consists of Rensselaer and East Greenbush residents and other concerned citizens. It was formed to address serious environmental health and quality of life problems associated with two solid waste projects in the city of Rensselaer: the Dunn Construction and Demolition Landfill and the proposed Bio-Hi-Tech garbage processing facility.

The goals of the REC are to protect public health, the environment and quality of life by:

1) closing and remediating the Dunn Landfill and

2) preventing the approval of projects such as Bio-Hi-Tech.

Residents in the City of Rensselaer and Town of East Greenbush as well as scientists, local politicians and their allies are calling on NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to immediately close the Dunn Landfill.

Dunn Landfill

The Dunn Landfill, owned by Texas-based Waste Connections, is a massive 99-acre operation, the largest of its kind in NYS. It is located near Rensselaer and East Greenbush neighborhoods and right next to the Rensselaer City School District preK-12 campus. Dozens of tractor-trailer diesel trucks coming from seven states pass through residential neighborhoods each weekday on their way to and from the landfill. People in the community are tired of the hydrogen sulfide landfill odors, loud noise, diesel fumes, traffic congestion, dust, unsightly views and reduced property values. The permit, issued in 2012, is up for renewal in 2022.

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A garbage processing facility called “Bio-Hi-Tech” would separate and dry burnable parts of municipal waste to be trucked to Pennsylvania for incineration. It would be built atop the capped BASF hazardous waste site in the Hudson River flood plain and near an Environmental Justice area in southern Rensselaer. If approved, this facility could cause the release of toxic chemicals into soil and water, and would make worse the already unacceptable landfill traffic burden in Rensselaer.

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Dust, litter odors and other problems emanate from the Dunn Landfill in Rensselaer, New York—adjacent to the Rensselaer City School District campus.