Sunday, May 3, 2015
DSNY hunts scavengers
From CBS 2:
Unwanted items are often left on New York City sidewalks for garbage pickup, but turning someone else’s trash into your treasure could land you in trouble with the law.
As CBS2’s Weijia Jiang reported, such scavenging is even costing the city money.
You may not know, but as soon as anything is left on a curb, it becomes the property of the city. It is illegal to grab and go.
CBS2 saw one man allegedly try to do it.
“When the super gave me the authorization, ‘Come pick it up,’ I think it’s no problem,” he said when Jiang pointed out that picking up discarded items is illegal.
Inside the man’s van was a residential microwave, refrigerator and washing machine – all appliances containing metal, police said.
Only sanitation crews or licensed vendors are authorized to take items. When they pick up less, the city loses money.
For that reason, police look for scavengers around the clock.