On camera: Resident catches man dumping trash on his lawn

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) –– Normally, trash along the roads is worst when the snow has melted, leaving behind soggy mattresses and old tires. In instances like that, it’s seldom that residents see how the garbage ended up where it did.

But in Roy Rypinski’s case, he caught the culprit on video, making his trash the problem of someone else.

“He had no idea I had several cameras on him,” said Rypinski, who lives on Stevenson Street.

Rypinski, a retired Marine and longtime south side resident, has seen a lot from the comfort of his own couch, thanks to a home surveillance system.

“I’ve had several things happened, burglaries, stuff left, things broken, auto accidents, different things I’ve seen that I think it’s beneficial to get the footage of it,” he said.

But never has he seen something like he witnessed on Monday, especially in broad daylight. Two men in a newer white work van, pulled up slowly. One gets out, opens the back doors, plucks out an old television, and leaves it on Roy’s front lawn.

“I think he just left it somewhere where there was sort of an open field on the corner, nobody standing out there at the time, and he just took the chance of just dumping it there,” he said.

Buffalo regulations say if it’s on your property, it’s your trash. But the city has plenty of options for disposing of larger or electronic items.
In fact, a free electronic drop off is located at 1120 Seneca St., less than two miles from Rypinski’s house.

“For somebody to do that is really irresponsible because we offer at 1120 Seneca St., a free collection where we’ll accept that material and dispose of it properly,” said Buffalo Public Works Commissioner Steve Stepniak.

Roy says he hopes the man sees this report, and does the right thing.

“He has no concern for anybody else but himself, I’m sure,” Rypinski said.
There are a multitude of resources available for the city’s trash services.

Basic rules and regulations, including fines for violations, can be found here.

The city’s bi-annual bulk trash collection calendar can be found here.

For more information about the East Side Transfer Station and electronic waste recycling, click here.

For all questions related to trash or any city service, call 311, or visit the website here.

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