2011-08-25 / Other News

Home Owners Can Be Fined For Throwing Out Uncovered Mattress

By Dara Mormile

Traveling down various blocks in Canarsie there is evidence that residents refuse to abide by the law implemented by the Sanitation Department, which requires mattresses and box springs be encased and sealed in a plastic bag before being discarded.

According to Sanitation Department officials, 101 fines have been imposed on home owners within District 18 since April. Last year, 75 violations were recorded in our community.

An April press release stated that over 4,300 home owners citywide received the $100 fine for improperly bagging their old beds.

Spokesman for the Sanitation Department Matthew Lipani said, “The bedding must be put in a plastic bag at curbside for us to collect. It will not be taken away unless it is properly disposed of.”

For those who live in New York City Housing Authority buildings, Lipani said, “We don’t issue violations to NYCHA. We speak to the management office of the respective building(s) and they take corrective action.”

Due to increased bed bug activity, the Sanitation Department established the rule in December 2010 requiring all city residents to fully encase mattresses or box springs in plastic bags before they are put curbside for garbage collection. Enforcement of the law began in January.

Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty said the law would help safeguard sanitation workers as well as help prevent the spread of bed bugs throughout the city.

Plastic bags are available at various department stores, home improvement centers and most bedding stores. Many offer removal options with the purchase of a new mattress.

Traveling down various blocks in Canarsie there is evidence that residents refuse to abide by the law implemented by the Sanitation Department, which requires mattresses and box springs be encased and sealed in a plastic bag before being discarded.

According to Sanitation Department officials, 101 fines have been imposed on home owners within District 18 since April. Last year, 75 violations were recorded in our community.

An April press release stated that over 4,300 home owners citywide received the $100 fine for improperly bagging their old beds.

Spokesman for the Sanitation Department Matthew Lipani said, “The bedding must be put in a plastic bag at curbside for us to collect. It will not be taken away unless it is properly disposed of.”

For those who live in New York City Housing If you’re going to throw out a mattress, make sure you cover it first, otherwise face a fine.

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I take offense to the

I take offense to the language that 'residents refuse to abide by the law' which states that mattresses should be bagged for disposal. Speaking as a resident, has anyone ever stopped to think that residents might not know this bit of information. I know ignorance of the law is is no excuse (and I'm not defending ignorance which can be expensive at times) but instead of accusing residents of outright refusal (which implies knowing and outright rejection) allow a crack (be a little open minded) in the way you think about the residents by giving them the option of also not knowing (ignorance). Your article should not paint us all with such a broad stroke because nestled in Canarsie and maybe the City are some of us who (believe it or not) were and still are unaware. It would be a whole lot better if you used this opportunity to inform rather than accuse. Contrary to what you might think we are not all law breaking or stiff necked (stubborn) and we all don't welcome the opportunity to pay a fine of $100.
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