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Sanitation impoundments for recycling violations

The Department of Sanitation’s Citywide Illegal Dumping Task Force seized and impounded 11 vehicles that were involved in incidents of illegal dumping during the month of July.

The owner of the vehicle is subject to severe fines and will be held responsible for the actions of the operator of the vehicle regardless of being present during the act. Currently, fines start at $1,500 and range as high as $20,000 per summons. In addition, the illegal dumper must pay the city a cleanup cost for the illegally dumped material, generally about $150 per cubic yard.

The violators in the Bronx included Victor Waller, 4052 Wilder Avenue, 2006 red Dodge Ram, dumped approximately one cubic yard of household bulk at the rear of 3200 Baychester Avenue; and Leonard Lawrence, 1325 Lafayette Avenue, 2006 Jeep Commander, dumped approximately one cubic yard of dirt in front of 1380 Spofford Avenue.

In addition the Department of Sanitation impounded 13 vehicles involved in incidents of theft of recyclables during the month of July.

Fines include $2,000 for first time offenders and $5,000 for second and repeat offenders.

The Bronx violators included Ricardo Anjujar, 819 County Street, Taunton, MA, 1987 white Ford dump truck, unlawfully removed metal recyclables from in front of 1700 Watson Avenue

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