January 21, 2003 | Contact: Vito A. Turso / Kathy Dawkins (646) 885-5020
Press Release # 03-04, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty announced today that effective Monday, January 27th, the Sanitation Department will begin enforcement of the Operation Dumpster Program that calls for strict adherence to the requirements of the law regarding the place and time commercial dumpsters must be put out for collection. Started in 1998, the program is being expanded from its original ten pilot districts to all of the City's 59 Sanitation Districts.
Commissioner Doherty said: "In order to increase compliance with the Operation Dumpster program, we extended the educational and warning period by an additional 90 days to give merchants some extra time to adjust to the new regulations. Operation Dumpster will improve all New Yorkers' quality of life by ridding sidewalks of unsightly and unhealthy conditions in our communities."
Beginning Monday, January 27th, the Sanitation Enforcement Division will issue notices of violation for failure to store dumpsters and for sidewalk obstructions as these laws relate to the Operation Dumpster Program. Failure to follow the regulations may result in fines ranging from $50 to $250.
Under Operation Dumpster:
For questions regarding Sanitation services and schedules contact Sanitation at (212) 219-8090 or visit the DSNY's web site at www.nyc.gov/sanitation.