The driver of a U-Haul truck recently pulled up to a dead-end block in East New York, Brooklyn, unloaded hunks of a cut tree — including branches and the chopped-up stump — and drove away.
He didn’t know that Department of Sanitation enforcement officers and the agency’s police force had recently installed a hidden camera nearby to catch illegal garbage dumpers. After observing him in the act, sanitation cops found the suspect a few blocks away and issued a summons that ran thousands of dollars.
The cameras are one part of a new effort to stem illegal dumping and other trash issues, which have seen an uptick around the city since the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Frank Esposito, the chief of enforcement for the department.
Katie Honan/THE CITY Sanitation workers have found everything from a piano to concrete slabs to old furniture while working to clean up the city’s streets. The driver of a U-Haul truck recently pulled up to a dead-end block in East New York, Brooklyn, unloaded hunks of a cut tree […]
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