Heavy Fines, Impounding Of Vehicles For Illegal Dumpers
By Charles Rogers
The City Department of Sanita-tion’s Illegal Dumping Task Force last month seized and impounded at least 24 vehicles that were involved in incidents of illegal dumping, three of which took place at Fountain Avenue, a few miles east of Canarsie. One of the al-leged dumpers was a Canarsien and the other two were from outside the area.
The task force, composed of plainclothes Department of Sanitation po-lice officers, monitors known dumping locations and seizes vehicles of those caught in the act, according to Sanita-tion Commissioner John Doherty.
The impoundments announced last week included 13 in Brooklyn, five in Queens, four in Staten Island and three in The Bronx.
Two suspected dumpers were ap-prehended at the dead end of Fountain Avenue near the Belt Parkway. They involved a resident of Cleveland, Ohio and a resident of Milford, Pennsyl-vania. The other, which involved an East 83rd Street resident, took place in a wooded section at Fountain and Sea-view avenues. The Canmarsien’s name was not released.
"When the department catches an illegal dumper," Doherty said, "Sanita-tion officers can make arrests and im-pound the vehicles used in the dump-ing incidents." He said the owner of the car or truck is subject to "severe" fines and will be held responsible for the actions of the operator of the vehicle regardles of being present in the act. Fines start at $1,500 and range as high as $20,000 per summons. The illegal dumper must also pay a cleanup cost for the dumped material, generally about $150 per yard, according to officials.
Vito Turso, spokesman for the DSNY, said they have an "Illegal Dumper Tips Program," in which an individual who provides information leading to the conviction or fine for illegal dumping may receive a "bounty" of up to half the fine imposed.