Tuesday afternoon at around 2:00pm a Shomrim member spotted two Mexican men dumping garbage on Clove Rd. between Montgomery and Empire from the back of their station wagon. More Shomrim members arrived on scene in order to stop them and police were called. In the meantime the two men pleaded with Shomrim members not to call police and immediately began cleaning up the garbage they dumped and put it back into their car.
Dumping in NYC is a serious crime and is a violation of the Administrative Code of the City of New York with fines ranging from $1,500 to $40,000 and the vehicles used in such a crime is subject to impoundment.
More in the Extended Article.
From the law: “It shall be unlawful for any person, their agent, employee, or any person under their control to suffer or permit any dirt, sand, gravel, clay, stone rocks, rubbish, building rubbish, sawdust, shavings or trade or household waste, refuse, ashes, manure, garbage, rubbish or debris of any sort or any other organic or non-organic material or thing other offensive matter being transported in a dump truck or other vehicle to be dumped, deposited or otherwise disposed of in any street, lot, park, publicity or privately owned.”
-Section I6-119 of the Administrative Code
of the City of New York
Police officers arrived on scene shortly after being called and had stopped the car and asked the driver some questions and requested to see his driver’s license and inspected the contents in the car, in the meantime more officers arrived on scene but after a few minutes of talking to the suspects the officers let them go, no summonses were issues or arrests made.
An outraged resident told CrownHeights.info that this isn’t the first time that residents in the area of Clove Rd. have been suffering from these illegal dumpers, one resident said that she had just gotten pulled over by patrol car 1474 for a seatbelt violation, which she said she did indeed deserve, but pointing at the car that was used to do the illegal dumping she pointed out how there isn’t a single marker light on the car intact and simply driving that ‘thing’ was a hazard to the road sine they were driving with the trunk hatch open and derbies could have fallen out onto other cars. ‘Why can’t they target the really dangerous offenders?’ she asked.
A construction worker that was in the area during this incident commented on how the police simply let them go with out actually dealing with the matter appropriately.
After doing some research I came up with a number of resources on how to handle the problem with illegal dumping and came up with a number of websites:
Department of Sanitation – Click Here
Department of Sanitation’s Illegal Dumping Bounty Programs – Click Here
New York City Park Advocates – Click Here
And an interesting article published in the New York Times on October 3, 1989 about the Environmental Protection Agency suing the City of New York for $100,000 over spilling raw sewage and sludge into the east river – Click Here
If you see someone illegally dumping garbage please contact Shomrim at (718) 774-3333. Please make sure to record the offender’s license plate number.