From the Daily News:
Home trash in city litter bins is really piling up — and this year, scofflaws have been largely getting off scot-free.
The number of $100 fines issued for illegal dumping of residential garbage in street bins dropped by 78% in fiscal year 2013, which ended June 30, city records show.
The number of trash tickets doled out declined to 922 from 4,185 in fiscal 2012.
The Sanitation Department said the huge drop happened because the agency’s cadre of enforcement officers were transferred to traffic duty for weeks after Hurricane Sandy.
While fewer tickets were issued, illegal trash dumping at the city’s 25,000 litter baskets is on the rise, local authorities say.