September 17, 2002 | Contact: Vito A. Turso / Ana Lafe (646) 885-5020
Press Release # 02-43, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty today announced the citywide expansion of the Operation Dumpster Program that requires strict adherence to the requirements of the law regarding the place and time commercial dumpsters must be put out for collection. Operation Dumpster began as a pilot program in Manhattan Community Board 1 in August, 1998 , and has since expanded to include nine additional community boards around the city.
Commissioner Doherty said: "I am very proud to announce the citywide expansion of the Operation Dumpster Program, which I first introduced as a pilot program four years ago. This program has proved quite successful in the 10 community boards where it has been implemented. As a result, the Department has expanded it to all of the City's 59 Community Boards."
Beginning today, Tuesday, September 17, 2002, the Department will kick off a four-week education and enforcement warning period. During the educational/enforcement warning phase, Sanitation agents will patrol their routes, distributing educational flyers along with warnings to those businesses that do not conform to the requirements of the law. At the end of this period (Tuesday, October 15, 2002), the Department will start enforcing the law.
Under Operation Dumpster:
Failure to follow these regulations may result in the issuance of a summons and fines ranging from $50 to $250.
Commissioner Doherty added: "New Yorkers are tired of stepping around unsightly and garbage strewn dumpsters on city sidewalks. Operation Dumpster improves the city's quality of life by eliminating unsanitary conditions and reducing sidewalk clutter. Clean communities attract more visitors and result in increased profits for local merchants."