Sunday, February 3, 2013
Myrtle is for pigs
From the Times Newsweekly:
Public waste baskets along Myrtle Avenue in Ridgewood are being abused by area residents who dump their household trash in the receptacles, according to the executive director of a local merchants’ organization, who called on the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) to launch a crackdown.
Ted Renz of the Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) recently sent a letter to the DSNY’s Henry Ehrhardt asking for the agency to dispatch enforcement agents to the shopping strip between Cypress Avenue and 60th Lane to catch individuals who place household garbage into the public bins.
“Many of these corners are abused on a regular basis, generally between 6 and 8 a.m. (peak times of abuse), with a significant amount of household waste in each public receptacle,” Renz wrote in the letter, which was forwarded to the Times Newsweekly.
The illegal dumping complicates the efforts of the BID to keep the shopping strip clean, according to Renz. Crews are out on the sidewalk daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. to assist the DSNY in sweeping the streets and also removing and replacing garbage bags in the 65 receptacles on Myrtle Avenue between Fresh Pond Road and Wyckoff Avenue.