Plastics recycler pleads guilty to storing hazardous
waste without a permit
Tulip Corporation, of Niagara Falls, New York,
pled guilty before United States District Chief Judge William
M. Skretny, to a felony charge of knowingly storing hazardous
waste without a permit. A charge which carries a maximum penalty
of up to $50,000 per day of violation, a term of probation of
5 years or both.
Assistant United States Attorney Aaron J. Mango, who handled
the case, stated that the defendant is a California corporation
which is a plastics recycling company. One of the product lines
at Tulip involves the re-processing and recycling of shredded
battery casings into usable material. Tulip purchases and then
re-processes the casings by washing, drying and extruding them.
Some are contaminated with lead and therefore were hazardous
From October 14, 2004, to July 11, 2007, casings contaminated
with lead were occasionally stored outside at Tulip. The storage
occurred due to breakdowns in the re-processing equipment and
was outside at the direction of the defendant.
The storage of casings outside at Tulip increased in frequency
beginning in or about January of 2007, and leading up to July
11, 2007. On July 11, 2007, the New York State Department of
Environmental Conservation conducted an inspection and observed
approximately 80,000 lbs of casings being stored outside. Samples
of the casings were taken by DEC and Tulip, which were analyzed
for lead content. All of the samples were above the regulatory
threshold for lead, and were therefore hazardous.