NEW JERSEY STATE PARK POLICE CHARGE TRENTON MAN WITH ILLEGAL DUMPING IN WHARTON STATE FOREST
PILES OF ROOFING WASTES FOUND DURING ANNUAL 4-WHEEL DRIVE CLEANUP
(13/P109) TRENTON –New Jersey State Park Police have charged a 31-year-old Trenton man with illegal dumping in connection with two piles of roofing and other wastes that were found in Wharton State Forest during an annual regional cleanup held by 4-wheel drive groups.
Selvin Lima was charged with illegal disposal of solid waste, a second-degree criminal offense punishable by a fine of up to $10,000. The debris included roofing shingles, wood pallets, cardboard and plastic found along a dirt road off Route 206 in Shamong Township, Burlington County. The dump site was located in Wharton State Forest, about two miles south of the Atsion Recreation Area.
The debris was found in two piles, each covering an area of about 10-feet-by-15-feet, by participants in the 12th Annual Pine Barrens 4-Wheel Drive Cleanup on Oct. 27. The group hauled away the materials as part of its cleanup effort.
“Wharton State Forest protects one of the most unique ecosystems in the nation,” said State Park Police Acting Director Terri Genardi. “We will not tolerate illegal dumping that mars this beautiful landscape and will pursue all leads we get. I commend the 4-wheel drive clubs that took part in this cleanup for caring for Wharton and the Pine Barrens, and for reporting this case of illegal dumping to us.”
Silva was released after posting 10 percent of $10,000 cash bail pending a court hearing next month pending a court hearing.