A lot that was a popular dumping ground up until two months ago in the Jamaica section of Queens is now much cleaner. When NY1 first reported on the area in March, garbage was piling up in vacant lots and on the streets near 107th Avenue and Sutphin Boulevard.
The garbage problem still exists, but the Department of Sanitation has made significant improvements in the area. Sanitation department officials said they have cleared 37 lots and and a number of people have received tickets for failing to maintain their property. One homeowner was fined for having garbage all over the yard.
Sanitation officers are also trying to catch people dumping illegally, but they have to be in the right place at the right time. NY1's Ruschell Boone saw men unloading garbage from a white van under a train trestle, but then they picked up the bags after spotting the NY1 news camera.
Some have praised the agency's efforts since NY1's last report, but some South Jamaica residents protested at Borough Hall after Borough President Helen Marshall refused to meet with them about the issue.
A spokesperson said Marshall has met with sanitation officials and is comfortable with the agency's plan to try to fix the problem. The protesters, however, are not satisfied.