JANUARY 2009

Trash truck and over 1,000 tires buried in Ohio

Sheriff’s deputies and investigators from the Ohio EPA have found a fully loaded trash truck and over 1,000 tires buried at a former salvage yard at 1888 East 17th Avenue in Columbus, Ohio. The investigators were responding to a tip to Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO’s) “nailadumper.com” website. The tipster claimed that two trash trucks loaded with trash, numerous tires and automotive related fluids were buried at the site several years ago. The business on the site has been for closed several months.

A search warrant was served on the property and equipment from the Ohio EPA was immediately delivered to the site to begin digging where one trash truck and the tires were found.

Investigators say possible charges include “open dumping” and “operating a landfill without a permit.” No charges have been filed and no one has been arrested in the case.

The “Nail-A-Dumper” program is funded by SWACO. The team includes Deputies from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, a prosecutor from the Franklin County Prosecutor’s office, representatives from the Franklin County Health Department and an employee of the Columbus refuse division.