Posted on: March 7, 2017



For Immediate Release 

Contact Information:   Town of Southold


Denis Noncarrow

Government Liaison Officer



SOUTHOLD, NY- Supervisor Scott Russell and the entire Southold Town Board are warning the public to the dangers of accepting RCA (Recycled Concrete Aggregate) for use on farm lands and private properties.

It has come to the attention of the Supervisor and the Town that several contractors have been offering local farms RCA, or Recycled Concrete Aggregate, consisting of crushed roadways and building materials to be utilized instead of gravel for the reinforcement of agricultural paths and drives on farm lands.  The danger comes from the source and safety of the RCA being offered.

“While the Town of Southold has notified the proper State and Governmental agencies of our concerns, people should not accept RCA because we do not know where it is coming from.” said Supervisor Russell. 

Without independent verification as to the source, safety and content of the RCA local farmers accepting RCA could be unknowingly exposing their farmland to dangerous chemicals and toxicity contained in the materials.  Farmers could be the unknowing recipients to these dangers from unscrupulous contractors trying to illegally dispose of these toxic materials.   The Southold Town Board, based on communications with the other East End Towns, knew that the community needed to be made aware of these possible dangers.

Local farms must be very cautious in accepting RCA and spreading it throughout their fields.  Recipients of such RCA need to keep diligent logs of the suppliers, the trucking companies brining it, and the source of the initial RCA.  If there are concerns over RCA received people are encouraged to contact the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

The Supervisor continued “Farming is the life blood of our community.  The Town of Southold is dedicated to ensuring our farm fields are safe and our foods fresh for generations to come.”

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