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Garbage Piling Up On Long Island Due To Trucking Shortage

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Garbage is piling up on Long Island as a result of a trucking shortage.

A quick fix, which would have the waste taken off the island by railcars, has to be approved by the Department of Environmental Conservation, WCBS 880's Sophia Hall reported.

But Adrienne Esposito of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment said the trash buildup has been a problem for years and a better solution is needed.

Garbage Piling Up On Long Island Due To Trucking Shortage

"The problem on Long Island is we are an island. That's the good news and the bad news," Esposito said. "On an island you have limited space. We need a really good solid waste management plan that includes a lot of recycling, but also includes rail to get some of this waste off of the island."

Esposito said there are two landfills left on Long Island; the others were closed because of environmental factors.

"They are reaching capacity. We call them 'Mount Trashmore,'" Esposito said. " No one wants to live next to a mound and a mountain of garbage."

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