NEW YORK (CBS 2) — New York City is trying to keep trash-tossing residents honest.

Litter baskets across the city read “no household trash” or “no business trash,” along with a warning of a $100 fine for violation.

However, on 5th Avenue in Bay Ridge, so many people defied the ban that the local business improvement district invested in covers that limited the size of what could be placed in the can.

“It’s a major problem because what happens is these baskets get filled by this household garbage and then there’s no place for the litter and the litter ends up on the floor,” Fran Vella-Marrone of Community Board 10 said.

The Sanitation Department has a platoon of enforcement agents tasked with enforcing litter basket laws. Their duties even include doing detective work on trash suspected of being illegally dumped.

“What the enforcement agent will do, occasionally, they’ll come to a bag. They’ll open up the bag and see if they can find something with an address and we try and address the situation,” Sanitation supervisor Joe Delfino said.

During the past year, the Sanitation Department issued around 2,000 summonses for improper use of a city litter basket.

Comments (19)
  1. RichieT says:

    Way to many New Yorker’s don’t care what the city looks like. Two days ago, I saw two girls probably in their late teens, throw some trash down on thee subway tracks. They were 6 feet from a garbage pail. I made a comment about how filthy the city is because of that attitude. They laughed. at me. I saw a guy that was stopped at a light, open his window, and throw out an empty coffee cup. I doubt wherever his lives is that filthy.

  2. RichieT says:

    Where I live in Brooklyn, six of the businesses, on the end of my block, don’t pay for ,legal pick-up. They keep using the garbage pails on the comers. Eventually, sanitation removes the pails. The idiots STILL put their garbage on the corner where the pails used to be. I came home one day, and found one of my recycle garbage pails on the corner. Somebody had taken it out of my courtyard. Allot of times I’ll find garbage in my garbage pails that I didn’t put there. I’d rather have that, then just thrown on the ground. .One day I came home and there was a vacuum cleaner i in the corner pail There’s NO WAY, that’s street garbage.

  3. Wake up people says:

    So what happens when one of these green police open a bag full of something dangerous like razer blades, etc and cut’s themselves?

    Or worst, a needle of some kind previously used by someone else?

    Stop the madness!

  4. Skal says:

    Maybe she was a Republican!!!!

  5. Dale Auburn says:

    “Litter baskets across the city read “no household trash” or “no business trash,” along with a warning of a $100 fine for violation.”

    I’m waiting for somebody to subpoena the enforcement history of this law. More than likely, it’s been so long since the last ticket that the law has LAPSED and needs to be put back on the books before it can be enforced again.

    1. RichieT says:

      Where I live in Brooklyn, tickets get issued all the time. It IS enforced.

  6. fw.. says:

    good morning people a good advice. this is for sanitation dept, don’t spread your ways to catch the violators they are every where doing what they do best.
    Im a super here in the bx. and believe me is dejavu up here.


  7. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx says:

    clearly this is another policy to harass the white people in NYC.Bet you there will be no enforcement in the black areas

    1. Sam says:

      Its both. I see all kinds of people doing that.

    2. RichieT says:

      That’s a pretty racist comment. I live in a section of Brooklyn that’s almost 100% Black people. Tickets get issued all the time. Deal with it

  8. KW says:

    This is NEWS ? Must have been a real slow news day !

  9. MrPhilip Philip Philips says:

    What if no food is packed or canned. and everything is served on a plate either you eat it or or you don’t there is no packets or paper or plastics, all things made are continuously passing on to the consumer night and day there is no stocking of products only channeling to the different segments of society which has already been ordered, to be consumed. like blood flow in our bodies. And every one will have a job to do pass the food around, ‘Hey over here please’.

  10. robert greenberg says:

    Another way for the city to make money and encourage residents to get the hell out of this town for a better life someplace else.

    1. Dale Auburn says:

      What, you don’t think laws should apply to you?

  11. haywood jablowme says:

    im gonna put my ex wife’s mail in everyone i see from now on…………..

    1. Angelo Bonsignore says:

      that’s funny..

  12. FuhReal? says:

    Gee wonder why we’re all losing faith in our system. Tossing teachers, cutting medicare/aid, etc… for more garbage police.

  13. kendra says:

    at first they were talking about cat litter i see what they are talking about..i do think that is appropriate for people to put street trash in there indtead of hometrash cause the garbadge will end up on the street indtead which shouldn,t be at all..and it also cuts down identity theft in nyc…which is a huge problem right now…better save then sorry…

  14. J says:

    What happens if you don’t have an I.D. in our police state. Will the communist regime throw us in jail?

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