Ever see those signs offering "clean fill" for free? Did your mother ever tell you there's no such thing as a free lunch? The fill is assumed by most homeowners to be soil excavated from nearby lots to make way for new construction foundations, and lots of homeowners jump at the opportunity to save money and use the fill to grade or level their own lots.
Well, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has just issued a warning to Long Island residents to beware of the companies putting up those signs or otherwise offering freebees. Six local homeowners have reported that the "clean fill" they received actually was illegal solid waste, the agency said. Six. And that's just the ones who noticed. What's worse is that once that fill is on your property you have to pay big time to remove the contamination.
The takeaway lesson? Either buy the fill you need from a reputable dealer or ask a lot of questions, especially where the fill came from -- and then follow up with a little investigation of your own.