Pennsylvania fines three trash truck companies for violations

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has assessed $131,000 in fines against Vogel Disposal Service Inc., Tri-County Industries Inc., and Valley Waste Service Inc. — each subsidiaries of Vogel Holding Inc. — for numerous and persistent violations.

The three businesses operate in Beaver, Butler and Mercer counties.

“Trash hauling companies have a responsibility to ensure public safety on the roads,” said DEP Regional Director Kelly Burch. “In a series of trash truck inspections, we repeatedly found Vogel Holding trucks with leaking loads, some without leakproof containers, and other that were in such poor repair that waste could fall through the floors of the vehicles. These conditions are a hazard to others on the road.”

The violations were noted during trash truck inspections in October and November 2006 and June 2007 at Tri-County Landfill Inc.’s transfer station in Pine Township, Mercer County and at Seneca Landfill, Lancaster Township, Butler County.

Under the settlement, Vogel Disposal Services was assessed an $83,500 penalty, Tri-County Industries was fined $45,000, and Valley Waste Services will pay $2,500.