SORRENTO, Maine — The state is seeking to revoke a local man’s trash hauling license after he allegedly dumped trash on a neighbor’s property, according to a notice of violation sent to the man.
Maine Department of Environmental Protection issued a notice of violation on April 21 to Marc D. Calcia for dumping and storing trash on a neighbor’s property, according to a copy of the notice provided to the Bangor Daily News. The notice alleges that Calcia, 45, kept collected trash in nine metal trash bins, three 55-gallon drums and three packer trash trucks that were on the neighbor’s property. The notice also indicates that Calcia dumped trash, including metal, plastic and “putrescible wastes,” at four locations on the neighbor’s property.
“The department will be initiating, due to the severity of the violations, enforcement action against you to include revocation of your non-hazardous waste transporter license and adjudication of the waste storage and disposal violations described herein,” DEP officials wrote in the notice to Calcia.
Calcia has been accused of sorting through trash on the neighbor’s property and then taking food waste from the garbage back to his property to feed his animals, according to DEP. The neighbor had allowed Calcia to park his vehicles on his property but did not know that Calcia was dumping garbage there as well, DEP officials said.
Calcia also was cited by DEP in January allegedly for storing waste on his own property. At the time, DEP officials said Calcia was storing collected waste on his property for more than 48 hours, which violates state environmental laws.
Bill Butler, the DEP official who has been reviewing complaints against Calcia, said Monday that DEP has cited Calcia five times, including the most recent violation on April 21. He said all five citations are still pending and have been referred to the Maine Office of the Attorney General for possible prosecution.
Butler said both Calcia and the neighbor are expected by DEP to clean up the trash on the neighbor’s property, though DEP will try to get Calcia to pay the expense of doing so. Butler said he believes Calcia made an effort to clean up his own property by allegedly dumping trash from it on the neighbor’s property.
“All he really did was transfer it,” Butler said.
Contacted by phone on Monday, Calcia said he has not received a copy of the April 21 notice of violation. On Monday, as he has on previous occasions, Calcia denied doing anything improper at the neighbor’s property.
“We’ve never used the property as a disposal location,” Calcia said.
He said he has sorted through some of his collected trash at the neighbor’s property in an effort to recycle some waste.
“I try to do my best to recycle what is recyclable,” Calcia said.
Calcia also has denied using his own property as an unlicensed solid waste storage facility. Some of the trash stored in bins on his property is his personal household trash, which he is allowed to keep for more than 48 hours, he has said. The trash he collects from other people gets hauled to a licensed disposal facility “within a day or two,” he has said.
In addition to the waste storage and disposal violations, Calcia is facing multiple civil and criminal charges in Ellsworth District Court and Hancock County Superior Court, including criminal threatening, violating conditions of release, and multiple counts of animal cruelty and animal trespass.
The charges of criminal threatening and violating conditions of release are connected to a dispute Calcia has had with neighbors about the degree to which he maintains control of some of his animals, which include pigs, goats, geese and chickens. Calcia’s criminal record in Maine includes two misdemeanor reckless conduct convictions stemming from a 2002 incident in Pittsfield in which he was accused of firing a gun at his brother-in-law.
Calcia is expected to appear in Ellsworth District Court later this month on the civil animal cruelty and trespassing charges. He faces possible trial in July in Hancock County Superior Court for the the criminal charges of criminal threatening and violating conditions of release.