October 17, 2002 | Contact: Vito A. Turso (646) 885-5020
Press Release # 02-49, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty announced today that he is delaying for 90 days the enforcement of the Department's expanded Operation Dumpster program that requires strict adherence to laws regarding the place and time commercial dumpsters must be placed out for collection. The program recently was extended from ten pilot districts to all of the city's 59 Sanitation Districts.
Commissioner Doherty said: "After reviewing the many complex issues associated with the program's expansion, I decided to delay enforcement in the new areas until mid-January 2003. That will give our enforcement officers and merchants sufficient time to make the necessary arrangements to comply with the new regulations. "
For the last month, the Department -- in the expansion areas -- has been conducting an educational outreach and warning effort in which flyers have been distributed to businesses informing them of the new Operation Dumpster requirements.
Under Operation Dumpster: